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WBBA Barcelona Seminar 2023 Held Successfully

On 28 February 2023, the World Broadband Association (WBBA) Barcelona Seminar 2023 was held with the theme of Maximising Broadband’s Global Potential, gathering global partners, industry leaders, renowned experts and broadband industry stakeholders throughout the world.

The participants conducted extensive communication and shared ideas, practices and considerations by focusing on the topics of the potential of cloud-based broadband infrastructure to provide flexible and high-quality internet connection globally, and to explore the actions that both industry and government need to take to ensure that digital gains are shared more equitably.

Endorsement from renowned organizations and telecoms operators and vendors across the globe formed the impressive speaker line-up, including Shao Guanglu, Executive Director, President and COO of China Telecommunications Corporation Limited; Martin Creaner, Director General of WBBA; Li Zhengmao, Chairman of WBBA; John Hoffman, CEO and Director of GSMA Limited. In addition, keynote speakers joined the event, including Brennen Smith, Vice President of Technology, OOKLA; Li Jun, Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation Limited; Stefaan Vanhastel, CTO of Fixed Networks, Nokia. A fireside chat and panel discussion were hosted with the participation of industry leaders, including Paul Morrissey, Advisor at EXFO; Richard Jin, President of Optical Business Product Line, Huawei; Stephen Wilson, Senior Principal Analyst at OMDIA; Tao Qiu, Executive Vice President and CSO of China Unicom.

The WBBA is a multilateral, industry-led association, providing leadership for digital broadband across the next decade. The WBBA provides an open, multilateral organization and platform for future-facing broadband cooperation and partnership across the industry, championing the business, consumer and citizen outcomes that broadband is capable of delivering across the world, through converged network and cloud infrastructure. The WBBA was officially entered into the Swiss Directory of International Organizations in 2022, and held its first board meeting on 26 February, 2023, which gave great significance to WBBA governance improvement and future development.

The seminar advocates that the industry stakeholders actively join forces to promote the prosperous development of cloud network broadband industry. WBBA will play an important role in serving global broadband network operators, vendors, cloud service providers and other stakeholders, uniting the global industry chain, facilitating industry chain communications and exchanges, enhancing technological cooperation, and promoting the innovation and development of the global cloud and network information infrastructure, and to achieve the prosperity of the cloud and broadband industry around the world.

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