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Why attend Metro Connect?

Join strategic discussions:


SMALL CELLS AND 5G


“Enterprise small cell shipments will be worth $4 billion annually by 2020” (Source: Mobile Experts)

While 5G is not an unfamiliar term, the dramatic increase in small cell contracts and the rumours of around-the-corner commercial deployments could mean that we are about to see rumours turn into reality.

Listen to the crucial role metro fiber providers will play in the panel discussion HOW WILL METRO FIBER PROVIDERS BENEFIT FROM THE IMPENDING 5G BOOM? (DAY ONE, 2:00pm - 3:00pm)

 


FOCUSING ON THE EDGE


“..caching content locally in a metro with a population of about 1 million can save about $110 million in backbone transport costs over five years” (Source: ACG Research)

There is no question that content remains king but what happens when you add other services to the mix? There seems to be no end to customer expectations, yet what does this mean to the metro fiber business and is there ROI in caching content locally?

Discuss this and more at THE EDGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BECOMING LOCAL panel discussion and deep dive into future opportunities. (DAY ONE, 4:00pm - 5:00pm)

 


THE FUTURE OF REGULATION


“Access to competitive backhaul is important to the buildout of wireless networks, to investment in wireless networks and to the creation of 5G – the next step in wireless innovation” (Source: Statement on FCC Business Data Services Order, from Chairman Tom Wheeler)

As 5G becomes increasingly important, the competition in delivering these future services are heating up. However what are the challenges posed in non-competitive markets? How can regulation help drive the best quality of service for the customers?

Discuss how Business Data Services, E-rate reform and the agenda of the next President will affect the metro market in 2017: A NEW ERA OF METRO REGULATION? (DAY TWO, 11:45am - 12:15pm) 
 

 


IS THE ERA OF M&A SLOWING DOWN


“There were 269 telecom mergers in 2015, down 11.5 percent from the 304 mergers that took place in 2014 and off 20 percent from the 339 in 2013” (Source: Jodi Burrows, VP, SDR Ventures)

Updating the latest mergers and acquisitions in the industry has become a staple of Metro Connect. With a major shift in capacity hungry new services, HD content and cloud connectivity to name but a few, find out where metro players are investing next and what's on the horizon for M&A activity in 2017 onwards.

Hear the latest at LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017: THE LATEST IN MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS. (DAY ONE, 12:00pm - 12:50pm)


Networking opportunities:


BEER AND BARBECUE EVENING


Monday 30 January, 7:00pm

The renowned Metro Connect Beer and Barbecue evening is the first opportunity to meet old friends and connect with potential new business partners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

 


DAY ONE EVENING RECEPTION


Tuesday 31 January, 5:00pm

After a busy day of conference sessions and networking, the Day One evening reception is another opportunity to see customers and industry peers and discuss the day’s events with a drink and food in hand.

 


BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES & COFFEE BREAKS


As we know some of the best business talks happen over food and coffee. As such the breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks included on both days of Metro Connect 2016 will help you network and uncover business opportunities. 


 


EXHIBITION STANDS & MEETING ROOMS 


Create a point of presence for your company in the core meeting and networking area with an exhibition stand to demonstrate your products and services. Alternatively, meeting rooms provide a comfortable, private environment to conduct your business
meetings and entertain your clients and potential customers.

To find out more on sponsorship opportunities, exhibition stands and meetings rooms, contact:

Chris Thompson at chris.thompson@capacitymedia.com or call
+44 (0)20 7779 7231



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