NOVEMBER 23-24, 2011


Robin Mersh to present global market overview for Broadband and explain the Broadband Forum’s work in promoting standards, interoperability and the widespread deployment of superfast broadband



WHO:              The Broadband Forum is a global consortium dedicated to the development of broadband network, architecture, management and testing specifications.


WHAT:             Speaking for the first time in Russia, Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh will present an overview of the global broadband market and the importance of Russia as one of the top ten countries on the world broadband stage. With just 25% of Russian households possessing a fixed broadband line, this trend is set to grow.


Mr Mersh will also set out the vast range of work undertaken by the Broadband Forum and its members as a global standards organization, emphasizing its importance in advancing many communications technologies from fiber and DSL to MPLS in mobile backhaul. Following the announcement last month of the first G-PON certified products, he will explain the importance of the Forum’s certification programs in encouraging and enabling interoperability and the acceleration of the adoption of new technologies.


With the strength of the Russian telecoms market in terms of FTTB and FTTx deployments – a third of all fixed line connections will be over a form of FTTx by mid 2012 – he will highlight the Forum’s fiber-related work and its relevance to the Russian market. 


WHEN:             10-11:30am, Wednesday 23rd November – Plenary Session

“Broadband standards and networks – development in Russia & CIS”


WHERE:           Broadband Russia Forum 2011

Renaissance Moscow Hotel

Moscow, November 23-24, 2011



To secure an interview at the event: please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0)7899 914168 or email [email protected] or contact Sheila Lashford on +44 (0)7986 514240 or email [email protected]


Telephone briefings can also be arranged.


About the Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband connections.  Our work defines best practices for global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband.  Our technical reports and free white papers can be found at


Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum Chief Executive Officer, joined the Broadband Forum as Chief Operating Officer in July 2006, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Robin has held leadership positions in the telecommunications industry for over 18 years and was recently named to the Power 100 list of Global Telecom.