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Video: Cable Congress 2013 – Caroline van Weede, Cable Europe

Caroline van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, talks about digital growth in the cable industry and about regulatory issues.

ZON Multimedia, VOO and Sea Change Honored With Awards at Cable Congress


ZON Multimedia, VOO and Sea Change Honored With Awards at Cable Congress

ZON’s Jose Pascoal wins Cable Europe Fellow Award
VOO Motion takes home Cable Europe Innovation Award

(London, 6 March) Cable Europe, the trade association representing the European cable industry, announced today the Cable Europe Award winners in the categories of innovation and individual achievement. Peter Percosan, Managing Director, Cable Europe Labs, and Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe presented the awards on the second day of Cable Congress, taking place this week in London.

The second annual Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted on by delegates at Cable Congress, was awarded to Belgian operator VOO and Sea Change for their multi-screen TV solution VOO Motion. The innovation won against a competitive field, including Virgin Media’s WiFi on the London Underground, ZON’s Timewarp, Kabel Deutschland and ARRIS for their world record 4.7 Gbit/s downstream throughput speed, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, done in partnership with Cisco, Samsung and Intel. The Innovation Award recognizes a special project that stands out as a bright spot in helping cable innovate and stay ahead of the customer. Accepting the award on behalf of VOO and Sea Change was Nico Weymaere, Chief Technology Officer at VOO.

Jose Pascoal, Planning, Engineering & Services Architecture Director, ZON Multimedia was honored with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of his individual dedication, talent, consistent excellence and contributions to the cable industry. In accepting the award, Pascoal thanked his colleagues, noting: “This is not an individual award, it is a team achievement.”


The Cable Europe Awards now open

Cable Europe Awards 2013 logoThe Cable Europe Awards are now in their second year and have – it’s now official – gone annual. Cable Europe has developed the awards to showcase and celebrate best practice in the European cable industry.

The Cable Europe awards recognize significant contributions that help make cable the vibrant and winning sector that it is today in Europe.

Cable Europe Awards categories include:

  • Cable Europe Fellow Award

This award recognizes the dedication and contribution of an individual to the European cable industry. Read more

  • Cable Europe Innovation Award

We want to recognize an amazing project (product, service, technology, organisation, etc) that stands out as a bright spot in helping push cable innovation forward and stay ahead of the customer. Read more

Entries close 15th February 2013

Anybody connected to the European cable industry is invited to put forward candidates.
To nominate please complete the entry form here.

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

The shortlist of nominees will be presented on Day One of Cable Congress, March 5th. The judges are attendees of Cable Congress who will vote for winners on site on the shortlist of nominees on Day Two of Cable Congress, March 6th.

The Cable Europe Team

* Nominees who make the shortlist will be invited to Cable Congress 2013 on 5-7th March in London  free of charge

Matthias Kurth Connects with Cable Europe

Matthias Kurth Connects with Cable Europe

Former German Telecom Regulator
Brings Extraordinary Overview to Sector’s Expanding Role
in Increasingly Competitive European Market Space

(Brussels, 22 October) Cable Europe announces today the arrival of Matthias Kurth who is joining its team as Executive Chairman. Mr. Kurth will sit on Cable Europe’s Executive Committee which has oversight of the cable industry’s main representational duties in Europe. Matthias lastly held the position of President of the German Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the authority for telecommunications, postal, energy and railway markets in Germany, including frequency management and digital signature. He played an instrumental role in the liberalization of the German energy market and left behind notable achievements with respect to competition in the telecommunications market. Matthias also served as Chairman of the European Regulators Group (ERG) in 2009 to increase regulatory cooperation at the EU level.

“It is a true testimony to the growing maturity of our organization that an executive of Matthias’ caliber has agreed to join forces with us. His unique experience and high level insight will be invaluable for our growing sector,” comments Cable Europe President, Manuel Kohnstamm.

“Matthias brings extraordinary oversight of our sector given his experience in helping to drive Germany’s broadband take-up, running Europe’s first spectrum auctions for mobile broadband and serving as the Chair of the European Regulators Group at a time of crucial regulatory reform in European telecoms.”


Interview with Caroline van Weede, Managing Director, Cable Europe

What should cable’s priority be this year?

Go for business. That sounds obvious in general terms but what I also mean is that cable is now well positioned to successfully enter the business segment of the market which is traditionally held by telco incumbents in many European markets. Cable’s strong fibre-powered networks can now support clients with high demands and operators are getting organized internally to cater for these clients and to learn about this new market.

What are the big regulatory issues facing European cable firms in 2012 and how will you respond as a pan-European industry?

There is probably not one answer to this question: there is much happening right now! But from a trade body perspective, I believe the priority is about convincing policy decision makers that cable networks – covering 50% of EU households with broadband (yes it is true) are future proof and that governments or local municipalities shouldn’t therefore be tempted to pour public money in super fast networks in areas where there is already a cable network. Next to that, the issue of copyright is becoming more urgent, in particular the way the European Commission improves the way copyrights are cleared in Europe. The technology world is changing fast and it is more important than ever that rights are be cleared efficiently and swiftly.

Is Europe on the right track to meet its Digital Agenda goals?

Yes absolutely. The coverage target (every European to get access to 30Mbps by 2020) should be reached as most cable customers can already get these speeds today and there are many other technologies out there (fixed and wireless) that will fill the gap in particular in rural areas, if needs be with public funding when no operator has a commercial incentive to venture. The uptake target (50% of households subscribing to a +100Mbps connection by 2020) is quite difficult to predict as this is a question of demand and who knows what that will be eight years from now?It is encouraging to see that European Commission Vice President Mrs Kroes herself is a strong believer of achieving the digital agenda targets with a mix of technologies.


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