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Announcing the #CableCongress 2014 initial speaker line-up

December is here – we are officially in the run-up for the holiday season.

Before the holiday rush reaches fever pitch, now would be a good time to secure your delegate experience at Cable Congress 2014. Taking place on 12-14 March at RAI in Amsterdam, the event brings together top executives from the cable, technology, content and new media industries. Register here.

cable congress testimonialsCable Congress offers an extensive programme featuring the most influential and visionary leaders from the industry. With more than 80 speakers coming from Europe, the US and Asia, this conference provides international insight on the latest developments in the fields of strategy, investments, technology, marketing, content and regulation.

Programme update

The 2014 Cable Congress brochure is very soon to be published. The agenda is shaping up nicely, with a C-Suite-rich set of industry leaders confirmed to speak, including:

  • Dee Forbes, President & MD, Discovery Networks, Western Europe
  • Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Robin Bienenstock, Senior Sell-Side Equity Research Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
  • Rosalia Portela, CEO, ONO
  • Jordan Casey, Founder & CEO, Casey Games
  • René Obermann, CEO, Ziggo
  • Paul Hendriks, CTO, Ziggo
  • Phil McKinney, President & CEO, CableLabs
  • Josh Sapan, President & CEO, AMC Networks Inc.
  • Jesus Perez Agua, President & CEO, FOX International Channels
  • Dale Barnes, Director of Advanced Technology & Innovation, Virgin Media
  • Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC/Sundance Global Channel AMC Networks
  • Marisa Drew, MD, Co-Head of EMEA Investment Banking Departmen/Global Co-Head of Global Markets Solutions Group, Credit Suisse
  • Annet Aris Adjunct, Professor of Strategy, INSEAD and Board Member, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
  • Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior VP & Chief Policy Officer, Liberty Global, Inc. & President, Cable Europe
  • Babita Sharma, Presenter, BBC World News
  • Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television IHS

Stay tuned for the full detail of the presentations and the extensive top level speaker list.

In the meantime, visit www.cablecongress.com for event information, join the our LinkedIn Group, and follow the event Blog.

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Video: Cable Congress 2013 – Manuel Kohnstamm, Cable Europe

Manuel Kohnstamm, SVP and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global and President of Cable Europe talks about growth and changing consumer habits for cable customers.

Watch the Official Opening of Cable Congress 2013

Cable Industry Looks Forward as 2013 Cable Congress Concludes On High Note

NEWS RELEASE

Cable Industry Looks Forward as 2013 Cable Congress Concludes On High Note

(Brussels, 8 March) After three days of debate and discussion on the future of the cable industry, Cable Congress 2013 concluded yesterday in London by sending a strong signal to operators and partners, competitors, investors, policymakers, regulators and consumers that the best is yet to come.

This year’s Cable Congress came at a time of great activity within the sector and in a city where technology, media and entertainment are leading globally. 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 respective views on the industry and the recently announced merger of the two businesses. The week began by celebrating another strong year for cable at year-end 2012, with continued strong growth in the core lines of business and an unmistakable tipping point into the digital interactive television universe. As Europe experiences an economic downturn, the health of the industry was a frequently mentioned bright spot, as operators in even the hardest hit countries such as ONO in Spain and ZON in Portugal continue to grow and invest.

Manuel Kohnstamm, President of Cable Europe, commented: “The key takeaway is that our markets are irresistibly moving to greater and greater convergence. Cable’s drive to innovate, change and adapt, to consolidate will create significant value to society and a rich and rewarding experience to the consumer. Regulators must recognize this and take a forward-looking analysis of our fast-moving industry. The European communications industry remains fragmented and will need more transnational and national mergers and acquisitions to stand its ground.”

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Continued Investment Drives 5.5% Top-line Cable Growth, Adds Customers

NEWS RELEASE

Continued Investment Drives 5.5% Top-line Cable Growth, Adds Customers

Tipping point in Digital switchover helps drive European revenues to €20.6bn YE2012 as cable now counts 27mn high speed broadband users, 30.5mn Digital TV subscribers

(London, 5 March) Meeting today at Cable Congress 2013 in London, Cable Europe, the association bringing together Europe’s leading cable companies, is announcing fresh data from IHS Screen Digest that shows 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.

“What we’re seeing this year is continued growth on the revenue side which gives us almost a billion reasons to be encouraged, but the really interesting story is why,” commented Cable Europe President, Manuel Kohnstamm. “In a market where you hear a lot about the over-the-top threat, the data shows that cable is embracing the power of the platform to deliver content how and when people want it. Stay close to the consumer, look at investment as a means to innovate and grow – this thinking is helping us find our stride as a viable competitor to connect Europe. The 8.4% growth in broadband subscribers also tells us a lot about Europe’s bright, connected future.”

Key YE2012 figures from new IHS Screen Digest analysis include:

  • Revenues for cable’s grew 5.5% to €20.6bn, nearly a €1bn increase in total cable revenues
  • Triple-play growth across different categories of services:

o Digital TV +12% revenue growth
o Internet +6.5% revenue growth
o Cable telephony +5.3% revenue growth

  • Video on Demand revenue jumped by 24%
  • European broadband subscribers jumped from 25 mn in 2011 to over 27 mn in 2012 – that is 8.4% growth towards what EU leaders call the Digital Agenda
  • Digital TV subscribers rose 9.2% to 30.5mn (28mn in 2011)
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European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital

NEWS RELEASE

European Cable Leaders Descend on Europe’s Digital Capital
Industry expected to report strong top-line & subscriber growth figures for 2012

(Brussels, 4 March) With one day left until Cable Congress 2013 kicks off the European cable industry’s flagship annual event, anticipation is peaking in London where leaders across the cable, content, tech and new media space convene to talk strategy, share opinions and make predictions on the future of the industry.

Cable Congress, taking place on 5-7 March, will start with the opening news briefing which will release new year-end pan-European cable industry data from IHS Screen Digest. Offering a preview of what is to come, Cable Europe, the trade association for the European cable industry, today indicated the new YE2012 European cable figures will show:

  • Positive revenue and new customer growth
  • Strong broadband and telephony performances
  • Continued growth in Digital TV and advanced services like Video on Demand

Comprehensive statistics on growth across cable’s products will be unveiled during the event.

Manuel Kohnstamm, President of Cable Europe, said, “Cable’s continued and steady uptick in new customers is a credit to the industry’s investments in innovation to bring new products, faster speeds and better services to more people across Europe. With so much attention on the industry right now and heightened excitement for cable’s prospects, there’s no better place or time to hear from top decision-makers. It’s an often heard refrain, but this year’s Cable Congress truly promises to be our best ever.”

Cable Congress 2013 features a spectacular line-up. Highlights include:

  • CEO appearances by Liberty Global’s Mike Fries, Virgin Media’s Neil Berkett and ONO’s Rosalia Portela
  • An unmissable meeting of the minds with international CTOs from Comcast (Tony Werner), Kabel Deutschland (Lorenz Glatz), Liberty Global (Balan Nair), Time Warner Cable (Michael LaJoie) and Virgin Media (Dan Hennessy)
  • Executives representing the world’s premier content players, featuring Catherine Powell, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, Jonathan Sichel, Scripps Network Interactive, and Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel, AMC Networks
  • The second annual Cable Europe Awards, honouring contributions from individuals and companies helping to move the European cable industry forward

Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth said: “Cable Congress always puts the industry’s most important topics front and centre. Whether focused on keeping pace with consumers’ connectivity and content needs, investing in the right technologies to maintain leading networks, or securing financing for future growth, cable’s best and brightest will deliver observations and insights that you can’t get anywhere else.”

For the latest news on Cable Congress 2013, please visit www.cablecongress.com, talk to us @CableEurope on Twitter & follow the discussion live on using #CC2013.

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For more information, please contact:

Gregg Svingen
Cable Europe
Director of Communications
M: +32 476 490 603
E: gregg.svingen@cable-europe.eu
Jessica Fernandez Cable Europe
Communications & Office Manager
T: +32 2 556 2104 E: jessica.fernandez@cable-europe.eu

About Cable Europe
Cable Europe is a trade association that groups all leading broadband cable TV operators and their national associations throughout Europe. The aim of Cable Europe is to promote and defend the industry’s policies and business interests at European and international levels, and to foster cooperation among its members. The European cable TV industry services more than 94 million broadband, TV and telephony subscriptions throughout the EU 27 (around 70 million households). www.cable-europe.eu

About IHS Screen Digest
IHS Screen Digest is the pre-eminent firm of industry analysts covering global media markets. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Monterey, California, we employ a team of 40 specialist analysts covering film, television, broadband, mobile, cinema, home entertainment and gaming. Our online services and reports provide the information and analysis that hundreds of media companies worldwide base their decisions on. www.screendigest.com

Interview with Matthias Kurth

In the run-up to Cable Congress 2013 we speak to Matthias Kurth of Cable Europe.

Matthias Kurth Executive Chairman Cable Europe at Cable CongressMatthias joined the organisation as Executive Chairman last October and sits on Cable Europe’s Executive Committee, which has oversight of the cable industry’s main representational duties in Europe. He previously held the position of President of BNetzA* and left behind notable achievements with respect to competition in the telecommunications market.

What stand out as some of cable’s priorities as we look at the state of the industry in 2013?

I have been talking a lot about the consumer since arriving here at Cable Europe, but that’s nothing new for me. Having previously worked as President of BnetzA*, I once called it Europe’s largest consumer protection organization. Having a healthy focus on who we are working for is vital in a business where our direct business relationship with customers is certainly coveted.

So what does the consumer want? The answer to that reveals cable’s priorities. The top priority is not to keep up but to keep ahead of what consumers want. How do we do that? By having the best infrastructure that delivers the best content out there. Consumers don’t really care about what the infrastructure is until it doesn’t work. But they do care more and more about moving their premium content around devices seamlessly and with the sort of high speed cable customers have grown to expect.

So there you have it, we expect to continue upgrading speeds so that consumers have the best quality of service out there. Cable Europe’s members are offering 100Mbps across Europe but speed for speed’s sake isn’t interesting. What is interesting is the high quality experience consumers can have with our continually upgraded networks. We are proud of the contribution we make to Europe’s high quality infrastructure. And it keeps customers coming back for more which, of course, makes everyone happy.

Can you tell us a bit about the importance of investing in next generation broadband to keep these positive trends on track?

Investment and innovation go hand in hand, it’s as simple as that. Cable’s ultra fast broadband services are achieved by relentless re-investment in our networks. We invest, on average in Europe, around 20-25% of revenues annually. And when talking CAPEX, it is worth recalling that the expenditures are made with the goal of both adding value and creating future benefits – for both the consumer and our businesses. There is an element of risk for the investors who make careful decisions based on consumer demand and other vital market condition indicators.

Last year was a turning point where Cable Europe opened Cable Congress with a press briefing that shared the news of 7% top-line revenue growth across the industry. We attributed strong revenue and subscriber growth to a harvest from steady investments that have brought us to where we are today: providers of a great service over a super infrastructure. A recent European Commission report had some great feedback for us. It said that:

  • Cable networks account for the next largest contribution to standard broadband coverage
  • The most important coverage across Europe or fixed next-generation access (NGA) is from cable
  • 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

So it would seem that our investments help bring us to the point of having an infrastructure that is recognized by the European Commission for its wider benefits.

One of Europe’s most prominent tech women recently reminded us of the fibre power in cable networks. European Commissioner Neelie Kroes tweeted a photo of a piece of fibre from Cable Europe on her desk. Tell us a bit about the fibre power in cable’s networks and why it matters to consumers in Europe.

Vice President Kroes has the mind of a board member. Neelie always seeks to better understand business. If you ever have had a meeting with her, you know what I am talking about. She understands the need to encourage investment given its link to innovation. There is an element of pushing for higher speeds in her plan called the Digital Agenda. And we’re already achieving important parts of the Digital Agenda. The numbers in a Solon report that we presented to her personally back this up:  95% 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% of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Together with Manuel Kohnstamm, President of Cable Europe, Matthias will welcome you to Cable Congress 2013, taking place on 5-7th March at The Lancaster in London.

View the latest conference agenda. With over 850 attendees from 35 countries, Cable Congress is the undisputed annual meeting place for the Who’s Who in the industry. This is where decisions are made, strategy for the year ahead is laid out and the cable industry chiefs gather for special event after special event.

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.”

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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.”

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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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