Digital regions-

today and tomorrow

Trade fair – digital regions

Trade fair and conference

From 24 to 26 October the trade fair and conference „Digital regions – Today and tomorrow“ organized by atene KOM GmbH took place in Berlin for the first time ever. In the context of the Broadband World Forum 2017 – an international meeting place for managers of the broadband sector with more than 300 industry representatives and over 4000 visitors from more than 79 nations – the atene KOM-hall combined the advantages of a trade fair and a conference concerning the topics broadband and digitalisation.

At the trade fair in the atene KOM-hall, companies of the broadband sector presented their innovative ideas and concrete applications of digitalisation. At the same time, an extensive conference programme gave interesting insights into the subjects gigabit society, broadband roll-out and funding possibilities.

On 24 October, Tim Brauckmüller, Managing Director at atene KOM GmbH, opened the trade fair. He stated that the three-day event in the context of Broadband World Forum’s Germany premiere aimed at showing the broadband development in Germany. Brauckmüller underlined the immense dynamic of the German broadband roll-out. Due to this, the trade fair brought together municipalities, regions and the economic sector in order to advance further broadband deployment.

On the same day, more than 100 experts and representatives of regional and national administrations from Germany and other EU Member States discussed broadband topics at the Governmental Workshop organized by atene KOM GmbH. In detail, key figures, political actions and best practice examples were looked at.

The second day of the trade fair focused on the subjects broadband funding and digital transformation. The speakers at the panel in the morning talked about the demands of the economy and procedures such as funding possibilities from the perspective of consultants. In the afternoon, the Autumn Conference of the German Broadband Initiative (Initiative D21) was a platform where experts from the digital sector met to discuss the opportunities of the digital transformation for cities, regions and citizens.

The third day of the conference programme saw best practice examples of digital connectivity. An investigation of the German smart cities market development was introduced and potentials of smart services in rural areas were presented from the point of view ofGerman farmers.

Finally, this very first trade fair of atene KOM GmbH closed at six o’clock in the evening on 26 October. Both, exhibitors and speakers endorsed the event’s success.