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UPC Hungary and Liberty Global’s Stephen Kelly Win Cable Europe Innovation Awards at #CableCongress

(Brussels, 12 March) Cable Europe, the trade association representing the European cable industry, today awarded UPC Hungary and Liberty Global’s Stephen Kelly 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 Brussels.

UPC Hungary won the Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted on by delegates at Cable Congress, for bringing more than 20 TV apps to legacy set-top-boxes (STBs) in partnership with Metrological and ActiveVideo Networks and others such as YouTube. Bringing online content to pay-TV subscribers is a win-win for the online and pay-TV industries, but last summer, no one had been able to do it at scale without the purchase of costly set-top-boxes (STB). This has provided UPC Hungary with a powerful new service differentiator that is a world’s-first achievement for cable: the ability to offer an almost limitless source of online content to every subscriber, without the cost and time-to-market that rolling out new set-top boxes would have entailed.

In accepting the award, Severina Pascu, CEO of UPC Romania & Hungary, said: “This idea is truly innovative. It’s a beautiful way to bring together innovation and customer experience, and at the end of the day, this started from a real customer need – content anywhere, anytime, on any device.”

The Innovation Award celebrates special projects of cable companies that make a difference for customers and demonstrate opportunities for future growth. Other nominees in the category this year included OptimizAIR by Telenet and Celeno, an airtime management solution to enhance Telenet’s W-Fi Hotspot service and improve the end user experience. In addition, Spanish operator R was nominated for its cloud video engine allowing real-time generation of interactive channels and integrated VOD, catch-up and zapping.

Stephen Kelly, Communications Architect at Liberty Global, was honoured with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of his many contributions over 15 years in the industry. Kelly was instrumental in the launch of the hugely successful Virgin Media London Underground Wi-Fi solution, which was deployed in advance of the 2012 Olympics. Most recently, he defined Liberty Global’s Pan European Wi-Fi Architecture, which is being rolled out across its footprint. He has also been a key contributor to CableLabs’s development of industry-wide Wi-Fi specifications and standards.

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Cable Europe Innovation Awards: A good New Year’s Resolution

Cable Europe Awards
12-14 March 2014, RAI, Amsterdam

Submit your innovation or nominate a fellow by 31st January

At the beginning of the year we often look back on the past year and make our resolutions for the year to come. You can combine both by submitting your most innovative project of 2013 for the Innovation Award or your brightest candidate for the Fellow Award.

The nominees will get the deserved attention at Cable Congress, for example by giving the nominees for the Innovation Award the opportunity to showcase their innovation in a 3 minute video shown to all attendees on Day 1 of the Conference. Of course being a Cable Congress Awards winner is a clear message of excellence, quality, innovation and leadership that will bolster your position in the eyes of your existing and prospective customers, partners, suppliers and competitors.

So don’t hesitate and submit your project or nominate your candidate for the Fellow Award now. You have until January 31th to submit and get the opportunity to shine in the spotlights at Cable Congress 2014.

About the Awards:

Cable Europe Innovation Award

Innovation is what makes our industry flourish and that innovation deserves to be put in the spotlight for all to see, share and be inspired by. Read more on the Cable Europe Innovation Award. Submit your project now.

Cable Europe Fellow Award

The Fellow Award allows the great people that go the extra mile to make the impossible happen to shine in the spotlight. Read more on the Cable Europe Fellow Award. Nominate a Fellow.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JANUARY 31ST 2014

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Extra information on the nomination process:

Anybody connected to the European cable industry is invited to put forward innovation projects & fellow candidates.

– Nominees for the Cable Europe Innovation Award can only be projects from a European cable company, which can include joints projects with a partner vendor, content provider, consultant, etc.
– Nominees for the Cable Europe Fellow Awards can only be individuals from a European cable company. Nominees are not part of the C-level management team of the company.

Based on entries received, the jury of Cable Europe will put forward a list of three nominees for each award. Nominees will be informed three week prior to Cable Congress.

The Winner of the Innovation Award will be chosen by the attendees of the Cable Congress via an interactive voting.

The Winner of the Fellow Award will be chosen by the Executive Committee of Cable Europe.

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