FRANKFURT — The 2022 NAB Show wasn’t the only conference that saw its return after three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANGA GOM was back in Germany last weekend, and organizers are calling the event “successful and brilliant.”
ANGA COM and the NAB Show are much different in size, however, and some 18,000 participants gathered in Köln for the affair. “All expectations for the restart were exceeded,” show organizers said. “This corresponds to over 90% of the number of participants in the record year 2019 – a restart result, which is absolutely outstanding compared to other international trade shows.”
Attendance at the 2022 NAB Show was 52,468. In 2019, the attendance total came in at 91,460.
At ANGA COM, nearly 400 exhibitors from 33 countries were present. In particular, the Exhibition for Broadband, Television & Online recorded a particularly large number of space expansions and new entries, especially in the areas of fiber, DOSCIS 4.0 and connectivity. In terms of media topics, streaming, OTT and AppTV were in focus.
Highlights of the conference program were five summit discussions with equally high-profile speakers from the broadband and media industry, such as Susanne Aigner (Discovery), Nicole Agudo Berbel (Seven.One Entertainment Group), Matthias Dang (RTL Deutschland), Thorsten Dirks (Deutsche Glasfaser), Srini Gopalan (Deutsche Telekom), Andreas Laukenmann (Vodafone Deutschland), Timo von Lepel (NetCologne), Dr. Daniel Ritz (Tele Columbus), Dr. Christoph Schneider (Amazon Prime Video), Christine Strobl (ARD) and Elke Walthelm (Sky Deutschland).
Thomas Braun, President of the Broadband Association ANGA, commented, “The feedback I have received from exhibitors and visitors was fabulous. The success of the event will give our booming industry an additional boost. In addition, there is a clear and common message to the politics: Public administration must now swiftly implement the promised de-bureaucratization and digitization. Our ANGA COM has once again impressively strengthened its position as the industry’s leading marketplace and conference under the most difficult conditions.”
ANGA Managing Director Dr. Peter Charissé added, “These were three intense days of reunion, inspiration and joie de vivre, for which we worked long and hard under difficult conditions. After we all did not know for a long time whether we would experience such an event again, we are overwhelmed about the brilliant comeback. The excellent key figures are one thing, but I was even more pleased with the fantastic vibe among the exhibitors, sponsors and visitors.”
ANGA COM 2023 will take place from May 23-25, 2023 in Cologne, Germany (Köln, Deutschland).