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2024 Highlights

2024 Highlights


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"Good things are happening but we need to acknowledge what the challenges and opportunities are and navigate it as a sector together. " - Marc Ganzi, CEO, Digital Bridge

Read about Marc's keynote on Capacity


New contacts made


Companies in attendance


Arranged meetings took place


Networking social functions

Andrew Lipman: asking the tough questions

Anrew Lipman

Metro Connect long-time speaker Andrew Lipman, Partner at Morgan Lewis, took to the stage as the digital infrastructure event opened in Miami – and he has some questions that need answering. Here is his take on 10 pressing issues for the US broadband market that he expects to dominate the conversation this year.

Read the full article on Capacity

Six 2024 trends from Cowan & Partners

CEO panel

Cowen and Partners are another Metro Connect regular, and the highly-anticipated market forecast was defnitely worth a listen. The conclusion was that AI will be huge, good fiber assets command good fiber multiples, and that there are six key trends in 2024: AI demand is 'bonkers', power transmission is an under-discussed issue (there's no point generating power if you can't move it), capital markets are easing, 5G tower spend will be low, FTTH is steady but open access could be huge, and the industry really needs to get the ball rolling on BEAD.

Balancing FTTH demand while mitigating overbuild: striking a balance


FTTH overprovisioning is a risk to profitability, dealmaking and future project financing - but the passings needs to be made. This panel discussed various aspects of achieving this balance in the FTTP and fiber broadband markets, including direct head-to-head competition in markets like Las Vegas and Phoenix, the potential role of fixed wireless in meeting demand, and what the desired end state in the US FTTP market might look like.

How can we thrive in an environment of talent and capital constraints?

CEO panel

Five CEOs came together to discuss how connectivity providers can achieve their aims when both capital availability and talent flows are at a pinch point. Speakers shared stories of unprecedented demand for long-haul fibre pairs - 144 pairs just as a baseline for some - as well as the various tactics to beat market conditions, including creative labour supply and operating with discipline in the coming years. The main conclusion? "Fiber is a good industry to be in for the next couple of decades."

Capacity TV: the importance of technical due diligence for cable and fiber networks and data centers

The Capacity TV crew had the cameras whirring at Metro Connect this year. Nadine Hawkins talked to David Strauss, Jay Rolls and Randy Kinsey of Broadband Success Partners about technical due diligence and the future of cable networks. What is the value of due diligence and how does this differ for buyers and sellers?