Complete success: connect-ec 2019

For the first time, connect has expanded its established specialist congress with a telecommunications tra- de fair for private visitors. The premiere at the technology hub Dresden was a complete success.



Dirk Hilbert

Mayor of the Saxon capital Dresden


Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, and Deputy Premier of the Free State of Saxony

Willam Tian

Country Manager Germany & Vice President sales western Europe - Hua- wei Consumer Business Group


Head of Handset Portfolio & Planning Europe, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES


Director Regional Implementation & Engineering, Telefónica Germany

Sven Mohaupt

Production Manager Komsa Gruppe

Peter Garzarella

Volkswagen AG  - Group IT - Head of Group Software Development

Marc Thom

Venture Capital Senior Investment Manager - Corporate Investments & Alli-

Christoph Bach

CTO Service Providers Western Europe at Ericsson GmbH

Prof. Gerhard Fettweis

Vodafone Chair Professor, TU Dresden

Stefan Juraschek

Vice president development of electric drives at BMW


CEO of DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH, CEO of Comfort Charge GmbH and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of 1NCE GmbH.

Dr. Ing. Diego Schierle Moreno

Founder & CEO FLÜGELaeronautics GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Dr. Georg Prinz zur Lippe

Entrepreneur, Weingut Schloss Proschwitz



Editor-in-chief Marc-Oliver Bender, publishing director Dirk Waasen and Weka managing director Kurt Skupin welcome Saxony's Prime Minister Mi- chael Kretschmer (f.l.t.r.).

Around 600 industry representatives have registered for the two congress days. They used lectures and panel discussions to gather new information and impulses.

In his welcome address, Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig un- derscored the great importance of the Dresden-based 5G Lab Germany.

Dresden Mayor Dirk Hilbert (left) and CEO of Deutsche Funkturm Bruno Ja- cobfeuerborn sign the letter of intent to turn Dresden into a 5G city.

At the TU Dresden, Professor Gerhard Fettweis researches and teaches as one of the thought leaders and pioneers of the 5G technologies that will soon be used.

At the awards ceremony at the first evening of the congress, the representa- tives of major manufacturers were pleased to receive the recognition of their products from connect readers.

The WiFi practical workshops organized by AVM were very well attended as well.

The stand of the Berlin WiFi specialist AVM was a great centre of attention for many trade fair visitors.

Start-ups were looking forward to the publisher’s and sponsor's Breakth- rough Award for a volume of media worth 500,000 EUR.

Visitors could learn a lot at Deutsche Telekom's stand – for example, how fibre-optic cables are professionally interconnected.

Flügel Aeronautics gave an outlook on future air taxis – by means of a working 1:5 model as well as a 1:1 construction.

Vodafone and 5G Lab Germany used industrial robots to demonstrate why low-latency data transfer is so important.

Editors from connect and the magazines ColorFoto and Videoaktiv convey- ed knowledge in hands-on workshops – for example about filming with a smartphone.

For the first time, connect has expanded its established specialist congress with a telecommunications trade fair for private visitors. The premiere at the technology hub Dresden was a complete success.

Visitors to the fair could get to know and try out smart home solutions in practice at the stand of high-tech distributor Komsa.

At the Volkswagen stand, visitors learned everything about the new e-Golf. And in front of the exhibition hall, they could even test-drive the electric car.

zafaco, the landline partner of connect, illustrated the importance of speed and stability at a Carrera racetrack – and thus offered a highlight for young visitors.

Exhibitor Repamo carried out smartphone repairs directly at its stand – brin- ging a great amount of relief to some connect-ec visitors.

With the foldable smartphone Mate X, William Tian, the head of Huawei Ger- many, presents one of the hottest end device innovations on the connect- ec.

ZTE brought its new top smartphone Axon 10 Pro to Dresden – both in a 4G version as well as in a variant that already supports 5G.

Cloud & Heat, a TU Dresden spin-off, uses the waste heat from edge cloud data centres to heat buildings.

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