Remarks for PIKE by Manuel Kohnstamm
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.