GPX hosted the 2nd edition of its annual Marketplace Event, “Where Content, Carriers and the Cloud meet ™”, on 14th February 2019 at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. This congregation of Content Providers / OTTs / CDNs, Carriers, ISPs, and Internet Exchange Providers, organized in association with IDC, was much bigger with more insightful presentations and meeting opportunities than the first edition last year. Over 175 attendees from more than 80 organizations across each of these segments participated in the event.
One of the event highlights was 2.5 hours worth of one-on-one meeting sessions facilitated by the GPX team so attendees had the opportunity to meet with CDN / OTT players (Akamai, Amazon, Cloudflare, Facebook, Google, Netflix), Telcos (Powergrid, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone Idea) and Internet Exchanges (AMS-IX, Bharat IX, DECIX, Extreme IX). Guests started coming in early at 3 PM for the meetings with these players, each of whom had a designated table organised. There were intense discussions to network and explore collaborative business opportunities; while enjoying the delectable snacks, tea, and coffee.
The formal event started with Mr. Nick Tanzi, President & CEO, GPX Global Systems Inc, welcoming the guests and sharing his vision for this grand event – to add value through insights from industry analysts that would be important takeaways for their businesses; apart from being a networking platform. In the keynote session, Mr. Hugh Ujhazy, Associate Vice President, IDC APAC shared a detailed outlook on “Data-Driven Transformation”. There were also partner presentations from Mr. Raunak Maheshwari, Extreme IX (Benefits of IX – Simplifying Content Access and Boosting Fixed Broadband); Mr. Nihit Tandon, Netflix (Content Delivery Network: Open Connect) and Mr. Onno Bos, AMS-IX (Company Profile). The evening progressed with an insightful panel discussion on “Carriers and Content Marketplace in India: Opportunities and Challenges” moderated by Mr. Manoj Paul, Managing Director, GPX India. The panelists included Mr. Marco Brandstaetter – DECIX, Mr. Martin Levy – Cloudflare Inc, Mr. Matt Jansen – Facebook, Mr. Saleem Shaikh – Tata Sky Broadband, Mr. Mukesh Jain – GCX, and Mr. Yugal Sharma – One OTT Intertainment: representing IXP/ISP/OTT/CDN/TSP/DC segments which make up the ecosystem which feeds and runs the content distribution over internet. The panelists discussed at length, sharing views on current trends, challenges and the way forward for this ecosystem.
The evening ended on a high note with 3 lucky winners taking away an iPhone X & two Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Wireless Headphones. There was also Echo Dot & Google Minis for all delegates – a token of appreciation from the GPX team. The evening was a memorable one with the several attendees staying late to meet with peers, networking with partners, and engaging in business discussions over cocktails and dinner. Enclosed are some glimpses of the evening.