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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:29

Turnbull takes Coalition's anti-NBN message global at Broadband World Forum - UPDATED


Shadow Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull will put the Coalition's views on Australia's broadband future to an audience of senior broadband industry executives from around the world next week, at the Broadband World Forum conference in Paris - and there will be no one from NBN Co or the Government to counter his views.

Turnbull will share the opening keynote session on the first day of the event, 27 September with Google's general manager access, Kevin Lo and BitTorrent CEO, Eric Klinker. The title of his speech as not been provided, but his office confirmed to iTWire that he would re-iterate recent statements on Coalition broadband policy, most notably those made at a CEDA lunch in July and, more formally, in a National Press Club address in August.

However given the Coalition's stance on the need for additional broadband capacity, there's a certain irony in Turnbull's inclusion in the opening session. It is titled "Pervasive Services Propelling Broadband Transformation". The Coalition view, as expressed in its dissenting addition the House Committee's report on the NBN, released last month is that "The single most striking conclusion from this inquiry is that there were very few persuasive examples given of applications which actually require the speeds that the NBN will deliver."

The organisers claim the event to be "The world's largest Broadband event attracting 10,000+ decision-makers from across the globe'¦[that] brings together over 300 visionary speakers to address the commercial and technical opportunities." The only other Australian speakers are Telstra's chief technology officer, Hugh Bradlow and executive director Telstra Networks & Access Technologies, Mike Wright. (The first version of this story omitted Wright, but the fault was not entirely ours - the organisers had provided only his name in the list of speakers).

This year's event is the eleventh and the last to be held in Paris. The organisers announced today that the show would move to Amsterdam next year to cope with an expected increase in visitors and exhibitors at the associated exhibition.

Broadband World Forum 2012 will be held 16 - 18 October 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI. "This new venue - for at least the next three years - will allow for a 35 percent growth of the exhibition floor, including a new cloud focussed exhibition hall, and a further expansion of the comprehensive speaker schedule," the organisers said. The following events will be held 15 - 17 October 2013 and 21 - 23 October 2014.

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