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Infrastructure Driving Growth and Deals #cablecongress

Infrastructure Driving Growth and Deals Positions cable operators to move beyond triple play, pursue cable-mobile convergence

(Amsterdam, 13 March) Strong growth in the cable industry will continue in 2014 and beyond, participants at Day 2 of Cable Europe’s 2014 Cable Congress heard this morning. Cable customers have overwhelmingly embraced digital TV services, with over half of European customers now having made the switch, but significant opportunities remain in Eastern Europe and for providers to move beyond successful triple play packages to offer new services.

“There is a bar of gold sitting on the mantelpiece if you are investing in Central European cable,” according to Guy Bisson, Research Director Television at IHS, pointing out that conversion to digital in Central Europe has only just passed 25%. “Revenue-wise TV is key,” he added, “because it boosts the value of the customer and moves them into the triple play.”

Across Europe, IHS research shows that video-on-demand services grew by almost 20% in 2013, demonstrating the take up of new services. According to Bisson, the challenge for cable now is to move from “pure breed to hybrid,” building on the success of triple play to include mobile, over-the-top, home networks and Wi-Fi roaming. “Infrastructure matters,” says Bisson, giving cable a significant advantage in the future delivery of communications and entertainment services.

Cable’s superior infrastructure is also a key driver of consolidation in the industry, with an increasing number of deals in Western Europe in recent years. Bisson points out that deals in Western Europe have been valued at up to €3,000 per home, compared to around €1,000 per home in Central and Eastern Europe.

Clif Marriot, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, believes “we’re making our way in Europe towards concluding the first wave of consolidation, which is creating one cable operator in each regional market. Cable-mobile convergence is next.” With respect to deals in the content space, the panel suggested that partnerships rather than M&A would remain the primary focus for operators.

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2014, please visit, talk to us on Twitter via @CableEurope, and follow all of the discussion live using #cablecongress.

Ziggo and ComHem’s Emma Svalin Sahlman Win Cable Europe Innovation Awards at Cable Congress

Ziggo and ComHem’s Emma Svalin Sahlman Win Cable Europe Innovation Awards at Cable Congress

ONO receives special mention for sustainability project

(Amsterdam, 13 March) Cable Europe, the trade association representing the European cable industry, today awarded Ziggo and ComHem’s Emma Svalin Sahlman with awards for innovation and individual achievement, respectively. Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, and Peter Percosan, Partner, Digital Strategy, presented the honours on the second day of Cable Congress, taking place this week in Amsterdam.

Ziggo won the Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted on by delegates at Cable Congress, for its Interactive Digital Cable with no STB offer. Last year Ziggo became the first operator in the world to deliver VOD and catch-up TV services to CI Plus 1.3 devices, eliminating the need for a set-top box and allowing consumers to realize the Bring Your Own Device promise.

The Innovation Award recognizes a special project that stands out in helping cable innovate and stay ahead of the customer. Other strong nominees in the category included Telenet’s SmartAid project, an innovation that leverages all existing administrative and technical information to provide a holistic troubleshooting experience across its service organizations; and GET’s basic tier package, the world’s freest and largest TV offer of its kind.

Emma Svalin Sahlman, Head of Product TV at ComHem, was honoured with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of her work in bringing TiVo to life at Sweden’s biggest cable company. In accepting the honour, she commented: “Integrating TiVo and building a completely new platform in 18 months doesn’t only require a strong leader but a great team, great management and suppliers supporting us. Now we have the strongest product on the Swedish market.”

Spanish cable operator ONO received a special mention for introducing an innovative management model and online tools especially designed to reduce power consumption and support eco-friendly attitudes and procedures within the company. Van Weede commented: “This is a special project that clearly demonstrates that the cable industry is also innovating to have a sustainable impact on the future.”
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Cable Top-line Growth Accelerates by 5.9% in 2013

Industry adds more than €1 billion in revenues at YE2013 on the back of strong uptick in high-speed broadband and telephony subscribers and continued switch to digital services

(Amsterdam, 12 March) Cable investments in high-speed broadband connections and new service platforms drove top-line revenues across Europe up 5.9% to €21.9bn in 2013, according to new IHS statistics released by Cable Europe, the industry’s trade association, at Cable Congress 2014 in Amsterdam. The more than €1bn increase in annual revenues benefited from 9.1% growth in broadband revenues, 6.5% growth in telephony revenues and a greater share of TV revenues now digital (more than 70%) than ever before.

Cable Europe President Manuel Kohnstamm commented: “The past year has seen significant transformation and change in our industry, and all of us feel good about cable’s ability to grow through those cycles. As our customers increasingly go digital, over-the-top and outside the home, cable is positioned as the future of entertainment”.

The cable sector has received positive attention lately with the announcement of acquisitions and IPOs. The consolidation of the sector is a necessary step for fuelling cable companies’ competitive moves in a very dynamic environment. Demanding consumers, new technologies, very aggressive telecom operators and agile OTTs are constantly reinventing the market.

“Cable is a shining star at a time when Europe’s leaders are calling for more investment in digital infrastructure to connect our continent,” said Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth.“We continue to attract European consumers with a truly unparalleled connectivity platform. While digital TV subscribers now make up the majority of TV subscriptions in Europe, converting the remaining 25.9 million analogue customers is one of cable’s many long-term runways to growth.”

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All Aboard to Cable Congress, Next Stop Amsterdam


2014 Event to Highlight European Cable Sector’s Flourishing Future on its High Train to Growth

(Brussels, 10 March) Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the much anticipated annual industry gathering taking place from 12-14 March in Amsterdam, is shaping up as just the ticket for those steeped in the converging worlds of entertainment and technology. An all-star line-up of leaders from across cable, content, tech and new media will be on hand to discuss the latest trends and developments in the industry, as well as their strategies to compete and grow in the years to come.

The flagship conference will kick off with the release of brand new 2013 year-end pan-European cable industry data supplied by IHS. Highlights are expected to include continued growth in new customers as well as a powerful top-line increase in total cable revenues.  Europe’s cable industry now serves more than 109 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), an industry metric measuring the number of services – TV, internet and telephony – delivered to customers. More statistics on growth in these three product areas, as well as in digital services like Video on Demand, will be unveiled on Day 1.

“There’s no blowing smoke about what the cable industry is delivering to European consumers,” according to Cable Europe’s Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth. “Tunnel vision, when focused on the customer, is a game changer that cable is exploiting. Last year saw cable operators upgrading commercially available broadband speeds to 200 Mbps and even 500 Mbps in European markets. At this year’s Cable Congress we’ll hear more about how the industry is leveraging the power of these networks, in combination with new services and the inclusion of over the top and premier content, to deliver the absolute best value to its customers. This year is a can’t miss for those interested in the future of cable in Europe.”

In addition to the release of new industry data, the 2014 Cable Congress programme is packed with engaging sessions and high-profile executive appearances, including:

  • Keynote speech by visionary President & CEO of AMC Networks, Josh Sapan
  • C-Suite panel hosted by CNN’s Nina Dos Santos, featuring Michael Fries, Liberty Global, Manuel Cubero, Kabel Deutschland, Carsten Dilling, TDC and Bert Habets, RTL Nederland
  • A fireside chat with René Obermann, Ziggo
  • Cable’s technology wheel of fortune with Paul Hendriks, Ziggo, Balan Nair, Liberty Global, and Lorenz Glatz, Kabel Deutschland, hosted by Babita Sharma, BBC News
  • The third annual Cable Europe Awards, honouring contributions from individuals and companies helping to move the European cable industry forward
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities, with 69% of attendees at C-level, Director and Board Level

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2014, please visit, talk to us on Twitter via @CableEurope, and follow all of the discussion live using #cablecongress.

#CableCongress 2014 | Conference Programme Now Available

With over 850 attendees from 39 countries, Cable Congress is the undisputed annual meeting place for the Who’s Who in the cable industry. Check who attends here.


We have released the official brochure and agenda for this year’s show – download here. Check what hot topics and new features you can expect in 2014 and who will lead discussions on where to invest, and how to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive space.

To whet your appetite we bring you a taster of what we have in store for this year:

The Wheel of Fortune

Hear from key industry technology executives as they engage for the Cable Congress audience on a variety of topics from all IP to network evolution and television platforms. What drives – and what will drive – cable’s very own wheel of fortune? It’s all about the technology but not for technology’s sake. Come give the session a spin and see for yourself why cable occupies the enviable space between entertainment and technology.

Flipping through the dealmakers’ play books

Exciting times abound for the cable industry. With recent deals in the foreground, big deals in the future would appear to remain on cable’s agenda. With opportunities for growth, consolidation and continued competitiveness vis-à-vis incumbent operators, finance at the heart of cable’s growth strategy. The state of finance in cable will continue to play a crucial role in the future of a business increasingly seen as competitive given the strategic nature of its investment choices which are yielding positive results. Join the very people in the finance world with a both a high level and coal face view of the dynamics of deal making capture the attention of the markets.

The Story Behind the Numbers

Some will tell you that cable is all about the numbers. And if there is anyone who can take the numbers and let them tell a story, it’s IHS’ Guy Bisson who joins us for his annual data-driven overview of where cable is today and where it’s going tomorrow. Whether it’s looking at ARPU, RGUs, EBITDA or the role of OTTs in relation to the international community of DOCSIS ready ISPs, Cable Congress delegates will be sure not to miss a must-see presentation laying out fresh pan-European numbers for the cable business.

Another Golden Age of TV

In a world where the length of the sound byte seems to be shrinking every year, why are cable customers tuning in more than ever for long-arc, slow burning TV? It’s no wonder that the magic that is grabbing and expanding viewers’ attention is something attractive not just to cable customers but also its competitors. Moving into a world where TV is shorthand for TV everywhere with the consumer calling the shots, the partnership between content providers and the cable industry has never been more vital – or fruitful. We will look at the unseen role of technology and what it enables cable customers today and how cable wants to enable viewers in the future.

12 – 14th MARCH 2014, RAI, AMSTERDAM

Register before 31th January to save on the Early Bird rates. Book online, or alternatively email us on or call +44 (0) 20 7017 4334. Remember to claim your VIP code I7VAZ/BL when registering.

New Features and Discussion Points for 2014

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Here’s an exclusive sneak peak of the hottest features and agenda topics for Cable Congress 2014.


With acquisitions and deal-making in and around cable’s business making headlines, we invite the leading industry CEOs who best capture the zeitgeist of the times. What will drive the next deals? Why is cable such an attractive business model? What is it that competitors envy most about cable’s magic mix of services?

CTO PANEL: ‘Wheel of Fortune’

What drives – and what will drive – cable’s very own wheel of fortune? In this panel the audience will engage cable’s top technology chiefs on a wide spectrum of topics, including all IP, network evolution, Television platforms and many more. Come along, give the session a spin and discover why cable occupies the enviable space between entertainment and technology.


Dates Announced for Cable Congress 2014

Mark your calendars: 12 – 14th March 2014, RAI, Amsterdam

This year’s event saw over 850 senior-ranking attendees from 39 countries come together at the time of great activity within the sector and in a city where technology, media and entertainment are leading globally. Here’s a quick summary of this year’s key features.

Executives of Virgin Media and Liberty Global met at Cable Congress to give an inside edge on the latest acquisition news and discuss the bright future of cable and its customer

Both, Michael T. Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, and Neil Berkett, CEO of Virgin Media appeared at the event to talk about their views on the industry and the recently announced merger of the two businesses. Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, told CNBC about plans to enter one of the most competitive and dynamic markets in Europe in an exclusive broadcast interview

Cable Europe announced fresh data from IHS Screen Digest that showed 5.5% top-line revenue growth across Europe, representing nearly €1bn in new revenues for 2012

The upward trend is explained by a shift towards digital for customers increasingly relying on the high speed fibre-rich broadband connections for which cable is known as well as the trend of increasingly accessing video content over cable’s high performance telecom networks. Guy Bisson, Research Director at IHS Screen Digest, broke down latest figures and leading trends in cable industry during a CNBC interview and explained why cable providers are extremely well-positioned to capitalize as the industry moves towards content provided over the internet.

For the Cable Congress TV’s executive speaker interviews conducted by Digital TV Europe, visit

On the second day of the conference Cable Europe announced the Cable Europe Award 2013 winners

The Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted on by delegates at Cable Congress, was awarded to Belgian operator VOO and SeaChange for their multi-screen TV solution VOO Motion.

Jose Pascoal, Planning, Engineering & Services Architecture Director, ZON Multimedia was honoured with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of his individual dedication, talent, consistent excellence and contributions to the cable industry. Read the full coverage of the awards ceremony here.

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