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Power Has No Gender

Rosalia Portela, CEO of ONO and Dana Strong, CEO of UPC Ireland speak to Cable News on challenges encountered along the way to the top and give some free advice on what it takes to get there.

Power has no gender

Fortune 500’s current list of female CEOs is currently at its longest ever. Women are at the top of 18 of the companies. It is safe to say that the glass ceiling is cracked but by no means has it been shattered. And when we look closer to home in the tech sector, the list is shorter – HP, Xerox and Yahoo! stand out. The cable industry has some power brokers of its own who are pioneers, role models and the face of inspiration for women in business leadership in Europe and beyond.

Challenge Management

Reaching the top requires good challenge management skills. ONO’s CEO, Rosalia Portela was forthcoming about encountering hurdles, “Throughout my career I have found many preconceptions that I have had to face by proving, with work and effort, that women are capable of achieving all the professional goals we set ourselves.” Ms. Portela went on to say that she “found preconceived ideas on how far women could go, a fact that included a certain fear of the unknown that required more effort and determination in our case.”

Sitting in class back in secondary school, Dana Strong, CEO of UPC Ireland recalls one of her teachers leading a discussion about the proverbial glass ceiling. “It just seemed like a challenge too good to refuse” for Strong. Having changed her mind on becoming a doctor, she was searching for something new. “Whether consciously or sub-consciously I chose a university that has one of the best business schools in the world. Once I achieved the right grades and enrolled in Wharton, I set the wheels in motion.”

Cable’s chiefs offer free advice: “I urge young women to have the tenacity to believe that good performance will be recognised. Also I would council young talent to have strong self-awareness about what you are good at and what you aren’t. Use your strengths and work on your weaknesses,” says Strong.

Results Based

Leadership in the business world is changing, giving reason for optimism. “Giving a woman a position of responsibility generated a lot of insecurity in those who dared to make that decision and, of course, any mistakes that could be made were placed on our shoulders,” concedes Portela. “We have been able to overcome this by showing, with great determination and guaranteed results, that we are capable of everything we set out to achieve.”



Rosalia Portela and Dana Strong are joining Annet Aris of Kabel Deutschland, Sanoma and Adjunct Prof. INSEAD, Berit Svendsen of Telenor Norway and Miranda Curtis of Liberty Global in the Panel Discussion: View from the Top, moderated by a CNN news anchor, Nina Dos Santos. View the latest agenda here.

LGI report shows multi-billion benefit of data sharing in jeopardy

LGI report shows multi-billion benefit of data sharing in jeopardy

LGI public policyThe commercial use of personal data is potentially of huge economic value, with a new Liberty Global report saying that “at a 22% annual growth rate, applying personal data can deliver a €330 billion annual economic benefit for organisations by 2020”.
The international cable operator has released its report The Value of Digital Identity as a response to the EU Proposal for the Regulation on General Data Protection.

It comes as a quarter of the world’s population is predicted to be a member of on online social network by 2015.

At a roundtable in Brussels this week, John Rose, Senior Partner & MD of The Boston Consulting Group, which researched the report, indicated that roughly €50 billion was the current monetary benefit extracted by businesses and governments across Europe. The report places the potential consumer value of the trade in personal data at €670 billion, based on an exchange for free services, goods, convenience and time savings. However these potential economic benefits are highly sensitive, with up to two thirds in jeopardy, if stakeholders do not establish a trusted flow of data.

Manuel Kohnstamm, senior vice president and chief policy officer of Liberty Global, confirmed that 95% of customers for the Horizon product had opted in to allowing their data to be used to offer personalised services across the multimedia platform.  A predictable result by the report’s finding that customers are prepared to “trade” in the currency of their personal data to achieve advantages such as free services, convenience and time savings.


EC: Cable key in achieving Digital Agenda

Cable Europe, the trade body for Europe’s broadband cable sector, has noted the European Commission’s recognition of the industry’s contribution to the progress in achieving the Digital Agenda.

The European Commission recently released a report that it commissioned to help tell the story of progress in executing Europe’s Digital Agenda. According to Cable Europe, the report – Broadband coverage in Europe in 2011: Mapping progress towards the coverage objectives of the Digital Agenda – comes as welcome further evidence to Europe’s wider connectivity marketplace that progress is being made. While cable emerges as the “most important” NGA (next-generation access coverage) service and “the biggest contributor to rural NGA ”, the report also underscores the need for Europe’s mix of technologies to work in concert to help maximise and improve broadband coverage for Europeans, says Cable Europe.

The cable industry’s contributions to achieving the Digital Agenda, previously detailed in a report by Solon, have propelled the concept of infrastructure competition as a means to ensuring that different technologies compete with one another in the marketplace thus creating greater choice, diversity and competition in pricing. Cable Europe has repeated to Commissioner Neelie Kroes that, as a competitive investor in its own networks of tomorrow, it is a signed-up agent of the Digital Agenda. The numbers in the Solon report back up the claim as 95 per cent of households in the reach of European cable networks will be able to subscribe to high speed internet services from cable in 2020. By the end of 2013 nearly all cable operators will have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, enabling 100-200 Mbps speeds — and higher. With DOCSIS 3.0 rolled out, 100 Mbps speeds are already becoming the standard and cable is projected to offer 51 per cent of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.

Some salient points in the Commission’s broadband coverage report include:

  • Cable networks account for the next largest contribution to standard broadband coverage
  • For fixed next-generation access (NGA) cable is the most important coverage across Europe
  • DOCSIS 3 cable is the biggest contributor to rural NGA coverage (RNC)
  • DOCSIS 3 services over the cable networks make a very important contribution to the availability of NGA in the study countries
  • Cable networks make about the same contribution to rural coverage as WiMAX


NEW REPORT: Re-thinking the Digital Agenda for Europe Report

Re-thinking the Digital Agenda for Europe Report

This new WIK report, “Re-thinking the Digital Agenda for Europe,” was commissioned by Liberty Global and finds that European policymakers are paying insufficient attention to the potential of cable networks to deliver a substantial portion of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda targets, and considers available solutions to reduce the cost of full broadband deployment. It argues that a more technologically neutral approach to the Digital Agenda targets could provide benefits to consumers and to the competitive process itself. The report also:

  • Quotes European Investment Bank (EIB) analysis that cable competition to incumbent telecom operators can lower high-speed broadband deployment costs by up to 30%
  • Examines what the medium bandwidth expectations of consumers are Finds that cable investment spurs investment into FTTN/VDSL by telecom incumbents
  • Illustrates the coverage of cable, telecoms and mobile networks and their service uptake across Europe
  • Examines the technology and performance of cable networks, and their short term evolution toward symmetrical high-speed broadband services

You may download the report here.

Trusted applications of personal data could boost innovation and growth

Consumers are willing to share their personal data given proper privacy controls and sufficient benefits, survey shows

Amsterdam, Netherlands—November 7, 2012

The effective and trusted deployment of personal data could be a boon to consumers and a source of massive growth in the European economy, but only if public- and private-sector organizations ensure that consumers are aware of the benefits while assuring adequate privacy controls, according to a new study, “The Value of Our Digital Identity,” conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and sponsored by Liberty Global, Inc, (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB,LBTYK), which included a poll of 3,000 European consumers.

The report quantifies for the first time the current and potential economic value of a person’s “digital identity” or the sum of all digitally available information about an individual—everything from what consumers reveal about themselves on social media to data produced by online transactions and other sources.

Economic value
The economic value of applications built on the use of digital identity for both public- and private-sector organizations is expected to reach €330 billion in Europe by 2020, according to the report. BCG estimates that the consumer benefit will be more than double the organizational value—€670 billion annually by 2020—mainly stemming from reduced prices through data-driven cost synergies, time savings through self-service transactions, and the high value individuals place on free online services and mobile apps, supported at least in part by the sharing of their personal data.

Two thirds of potential value generation, €440 billion in 2020, is nevertheless at risk if stakeholders fail to establish a trusted flow of data.

“The opportunities presented by the responsible sharing of a person’s digital identity are enormous, but can only be gained if digital identity is handled in a safe and transparent way,” says Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global, Inc. “It is critical that industry takes the lead to establish a trusted platform for the flow of personal data, otherwise, significant value for consumers and industry alike will be lost.”

John Rose, Senior Partner at BCG and co-author of the report, adds: “Leveraging personal data and digital identity can be a key growth driver in an overall stagnant European economy—potentially worth up to 8% of GDP by 2020. Yet our research shows that two-thirds of this value is at risk given current consumer concerns about privacy and lack of control. Our survey also suggests that it will be critical for companies, governments, and non-profit organizations to establish and execute personal data applications against crystal-clear, transparent principles of use and easy-to-use controls that are tailored to the context in which the data will be used, and for industry and regulators to collaborate on solutions that balance adequate levels of protection with practical approaches that allow for the greatest social and economic value creation.”


Liberty Global reveals Horizon numbers

Horizon launch exceeds expectations

Cable giant Liberty Global has sold over 50,000 Horizon subscriptions since the September launch of its next generation platform in the Netherlands. President and CEO Mike Fries said the company will launch Horizon TV in Switzerland later this year, followed by Ireland and Germany next year.

Announcing its third quarter results, Liberty Global added 18,000 digital cable subscribers in the period ending September 30, taking its digital penetration above 50%. The growth of Liberty Global’s digital subscriber base to 8.8 million RGUs was led by strong performances in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

The loss of video subscribers in some markets that has affected Liberty Global in all quarters during 2012 continued in the third quarter, with 90,000 losses reported. That compares with losses of 59,000 a year earlier. Germany suffered from video losses of 26,000, compared with 7,000 a year earlier, due to a combination of video price increases for certain single dwelling units and the loss of a housing association contract during the quarter. Additional video losses were experienced in Poland due to increased competition in the market.

Overall RGU growth in the quarter was more positive, representing Liberty Global’s second best third quarter ever. Growth was led by Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Swiss operations, which between them accounted for around 80% of total additional.


Liberty Global: Cable services will transition over time to cloud-based infrastructure

Cable services will transition over time to cloud-based infrastructure

Aamir Hussain, Managing Director and CTO of pan-European cableco Liberty Global, on the work needed to prepare for major new gateway product Horizon (launched at IBC last September), and the extra revenue possibilities that IP delivery brings to cable networks.

Can you tell us more about the work needed to prepare Liberty Global’s European networks for Horizon?

The key work it needed was based on a cross-collaborative effort and included the foundation investment in DOCSIS 3.0 infrastructure, investment in home networking capabilities, and Horizon’s platform capabilities to support search, recommendations and personalisation. This was all underpinned by support for cloud infrastructure to rapidly deliver Horizon services to additional markets.

What are the biggest revenue possibilities that IP brings to cable networks?

These will certainly include support for and revenues derived from the growing market for Web applications, IP devices and mobile devices. For example, the number of mobile devices worldwide is projected to grow to 50 billion devices worldwide by 2020: to put that in perspective, there are about 5 billion mobile devices today, in a world of about 7 billion people.


Interview with Leandro Boschelle, Cablecom

Interview with Leandro Boschelle, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Cablecom, an affiliate of UPC and owned by Liberty Global

What developments have you witnessed in the IP cable industry in the past 12 months?

Clearly I see two major developments: an increased proliferation in the number of video-capable devices in general, all connected wirelessly and highly used within the home environment; and TV sets gaining more IP capabilities and accordingly more integrated applications. 

By integration I mean primarily the ability to turn the TV into a display of all types of video content, ranging from traditional linear TV to Web-originated video streams and applications.

What impact is the move to IP cable having on your business?

The impact is an increased focus from the product development teams on converged services. Convergence in the sense of consuming content and applications everywhere and seamlessly across devices, from TV to iPads, iPhones and other more.

Does the move to IP cable place an operator on an equal technological footing as, for example, an IPTV rival?

I would go so far as to say that we are about to leapfrog our IPTV competition. The investments most cable operators are making in upgrading networks to DOCSIS 3.0 will provide them with a competitive advantage over the next five years. Cable is best placed to offer customers the necessary network capacity to use converged services in conjunction with HD video quality ubiquitously in the footprint. Here in Switzerland, our broadband connections start where DSL ends in terms of speed. Fibre-to-the Home penetration is still too low to be commercially significant for our rivals.


Liberty Global Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes

Leading international cable operator added to DJSI for the first time, SRI community recognizes LGI’s sustainability initiatives

Englewood, Colorado – September 17, 2012:

Liberty Global, Inc. (“Liberty Global” or “LGI,”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) today announced its inclusion on both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. Liberty Global’s addition to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) is a result of its ongoing progress on corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives and participation in the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an in-depth analysis of a corporation’s economic, environmental, governance and social performance. The DJSI World index tracks the performance of the world’s top ten percent in terms of sustainability for each market sector.

“We are proud to be included in these well-respected indices because they recognize our achievements in the area of corporate responsibility. Strong, sustainable business practices reduce our impact on the environment and strengthen the communities in which we operate”, said Liberty Global President and CEO Mike Fries.

Liberty Global’s CR strategy is grouped into four main areas: (1) promoting a digital society; (2) building trust with our customers; (3) managing our environmental impact; and (4) being a responsible business. Our CR framework, resulting from transparent engagement with our stakeholders, integrates this strategy into our operations through a range of programs.


Manuel Kohnstamm Speaking Notes at PIKE

Remarks for PIKE by Manuel Kohnstamm

The 39th International Conference and Exhibition organised by the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications Hotel Warszawianka Conference Centre Jachranka, Poland 2 October 2012.

Ladies and Gentlemen-

I am deeply touched and honored with this distinction. I will wear these colors with pride and I can assure you that from now on in Brussels and elsewhere I will present myself as Special Ambassador of PIKE!

It has been two years since I was last presenting at this conference and I must say: it is great to be back again.

So much has happened in the cable industry, in the wider economy and indeed we all know that there is a lot happening!

Several European cable companies are already providing 200 and 350 Mb services and some tested speeds beyond 1 Gbps and one of Cable Europe’s members hit 4.7Gbps in a speed trial.

Through such competition, we are massively supporting the achieving of the digital agenda targets as set by EU Vice President Neelie Kroes. Not only are we signed up agents of the Digital Agenda, but we also firmly support her new policy direction which was further explained today at the FT/ETNO conference in Brussels. It gives stronger positive incentives to investors in next generation infrastructure. After two decades of focus on price regulation, it is encouraging for the business community to see that the regulators of Europe are now concentrating on the next twenty years.


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