Top Speed? Gladly – but also the other conditions must be correct.

Speed is only useful if you keep it under control. This realization was made clear by the zafaco company with the Carrera racetrack set up at their stand. Es- pecially for younger visitors, the landline experts based in Ismaning contributed one of the trade fair highlights.

The company, with which connect cooperates in its landline tests, could communicate to industry insiders and persons who find pleasure in technology that the quality of network connections is just as important as data rates are for downloads and uploads.

Which raises the question of how the quality of networks can be reliably verified – and how it is possible to compare the results of network tests with each other. This is the specialty of zafaco, which is commissioned with such tests not only by connect, but also, for example, by the Federal Network Agency. Re- cently, another well-known client was added – BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications). The panel advises the European Commission and national regulatory authorities. zafaco CEO Christoph Sudhues explained in his conference speech how the work for these and other insti- tutions looks like – and thus also answered the question of how harmonization and standardization of broadband tests could succeed in Europe.

A telephone system from the cloud? NFON offers a powerful solution with "Cloudya"

Of course, the quality of broadband connections is not an end in itself. When connections work with low error rates and response times, applications benefit as well. Particularly critical in this regard is the IP-based calling – because errors and delays are immediately noticeable acoustically.

Therefore, the company NFON is interested in achieving the highest possible quality levels in landline services. At connect-ec, the Munich-based specialist for cloud-based telephone systems presented "Cloudya" – the latest version of its switching system completely realized as software in the data centre.

It is aimed at corporate customers of all sizes – and they were able to convince themselves of the variety of functions and flexibility of "Cloudya" at the NFON stand in Dresden.

The system not only replaces a classic telephone system, but in many cases even surpasses it. Depending on the package booked, the system offers over 150 switching functions and can be used with IP landline telephones, conference phones, smartphones or software clients (so-called softphones).

Internet connections for business and pri- vate customers? desaNet helps

The offer of the company desaNet is aimed specifically at corporate customers – as well as municipalities and other public clients. Interested parties were able to find out more about it in the exhibition area of connect-ec. For example, about the background of the white label offer of desa.label. In doing so, desaNet delivers internet cables to other providers, who then market them under another brand name – such as the energy supplier ENSO (Energie Sachsen Ost).

But also private customers and micro businesses are provided with high-quality Internet so- lutions. Another focus of the trade fair appearance was the hotspot offer of desa.wlan

The most popular smart home applica- tion? Controlling light, AC and other comfort elements

Smart homes need a reliable and stable landline connection too. And they also played a prominent role at connect-ec.

David B. Hofmann from mm1 Consulting & Management gave some market insights in his conference presentation. He reported that the adoption rate for smart home technology is particularly high among homeowners and high earners. Consequently, the most popular smart home application is the convenient control of lighting, air conditioning, and other home systems – the revenues generated with these applications outweigh those of energy saving and security applications.

The market expert also emphasized that customers were looking for more targeted solutions, such as lighting control, as comprehensive smart home plat- forms and systems. Only when these were in operation and convinced the customers in everyday life, they looked for further applications.

But then it would be important that retailers and installation companies have advised from the outset that an extension would be uncomplicated and without losses in comfort or functionality. According to David B. Hofmann, however, the biggest smart home trend is smart speaker and voice control. While the smartphone took about three years that 100 million pieces were purchased worldwide, this took not only a year in the case of smart speakers.

Need for WiFi? AVM has the right solution for everyone

The large AVM stand in the middle of the exhibition area was a high- light at connect-ec – and definitely a crowd puller. The Berlin-based router Primus used its trade fair appearance to show its latest pro- ducts – for example the new Fritzbox 6591 Cable for use in DOCSIS 3.1 networks (price recommendation 269 EUR) or the Fritzbox 7583 for VDSL to Supervectoring V.35b and G. almost (329 EUR). These router innovations, as well as many older products from AVM, benefit from the new Fritz OS 7.10, which offers more than 50 new features – such as improved mesh control, when using a second Fritzbox, mesh functions also for DECT or new features for Fritz-Fons or smart home components from AVM.

Any questions? You’ll get all answers in workshops or from on-site support

Other trade fair stars were the new Fritz repeaters, which cover every need in terms of WiFi expansion with graded radio and network equipment. In informa- tive, half-hour workshops AVM product specialist Gordon Priebe explained to the visitors how to proceed to optimally illuminate residential or business pre- mises with WiFi, or to get the maximum out of the AVM smart home products. In addition, the support staff answered all questions about the wide product range directly at the stand of Berlin-based AVM.

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