Brussels edition will highlight dynamic connections in the cable ecosystem
(Brussels, 9 March 2015) Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the premier annual industry gathering, returns to Brussels, the decision-making centre of Europe, between 11-13 March. The 2015 programme will focus on dynamic connections in the cable ecosystem and feature a star-studded line-up of C-level executives across cable, content, technology and new media.
To kick off the event, Cable Europe will present brand new EU28 statistics from IHS on the latest growth trends in the European cable industry. Europe’s cable industry now serves more than 112 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), the industry metric measuring the number of TV, internet and telephony subscriptions.
More statistics on revenue and subscriber growth in these three product areas will be unveiled during a Day 1 press conference taking place on 11 March at 9:30 at The Square in Brussels.
“Cable Congress could not be happening at a more exciting, transformational time for our industry,” said Executive Chairman of Cable Europe, Matthias Kurth. “Technology is moving at an incredibly fast pace, driving the creation of new business models, platforms and services that can offer the consumer all the content they want, when they want, where they want it, to any device. But cable provides much more than simply connectivity or content. Thanks to several waves of investment-driven innovation, cable technology today offers an enhanced TV experience and state of the art broadband access. I’m excited to hear more from decision makers across the ecosystem on how we can continue to be a key enabler of a premium digital lifestyle.”
In addition to the release of new industry data, the 2015 Cable Congress programme is packed with engaging sessions and high-profile executive appearances, including:
- Leading C-suiters on winning strategies in an era of transformation, including Mike Fries (Liberty Global), Guillaume de Posch (RTL Group), Matt Brittin (Google Europe), Philipp Humm (Vodafone) and Manuel Cubero (Vodafone & Kabel Deutschland)
- All-CEO “footprint focus” on Central and Eastern Europe with Severina Pascu (UPC Romania / Hungary), Harald Rösch (Blizoo Media and Broadband), Levente Málnay (AMC Networks International – Central Europe) and Tomasz Żurański (Vectra).
- Globally renowned trend analyser Shari Swan, CEO & Founder of Streative Branding
- CTOs from Liberty Global, Ziggo, ONO and NBNCo.
- An exclusive interview with BEREC Chair 2015, Fátima Barros.
- A focus on finance and dealmaking with Marisa Drew (Credit Suisse), Andrew Barron (ComHem), Burkhard Koep (Altice) and Clif Marriott (Goldman Sachs) and Andrea Salvato (Liberty Global)
New content, programme updates and interviews are being added regularly to www.cablecongress.com.
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 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.
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.
The Net Effect:
Evolving Landscapes on What We Used to Call Television Encouraging Investors
Cable is the new cinema. Or so AMC’s CEO Josh Sapan says in this issue of Cable News when talking about TV’s second golden age which many attribute to long-arc shows that define modern TV today. But Sapan calling cable TV the new cinema is more than just pithy CEO talk. It is shorthand for an evolution in how people watch television and connect to the internet.
TV: Hey, We’re Trending!
Consumers are also using a second connected device when watching the long-burning plots that have come to define the television landscape of today. A recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab tells us that 75% of people multi-task by using mobile devices while watching TV. It’s not hard to guess why Twitter is testing “TV trending”, has teamed up with Neilsen for Nielsen Twitter TV rating and even acquired a social TV analytics firm earlier in the year. It’s easy to make stats sing the right tune but at the same time, it’s impossible to not spot the trend when considering that the number of connected TVs in Europe has exploded by over 120% in the last year according to IHS (see the back page for more detail).
Are you experienced?
Cable industry leaders like to refer to the melded TV/internet offering as an “experience” given the reworking of what was once a mono-directional broadcast into a viewer’s home that has now evolved with the consumer at the centre. Holding the remote control these days means holding a lot more power than even just ten years ago – the viewer can decide when and on which device they want to watch whatever they want. TVs are smarter and they have to be given the increased sophistication of the cable consumer.
Ahead of Cable Congress 2013 we speak to Luis Lopes, COO of Zon about cable priorities for 2013, Zon’s vision of broadband anywhere and more…
From your operational standpoint, what do you think will drive cable’s priorities as we look at the state of the industry in 2013? In my view some of the key priorities will be to (1) continue to drive innovation in particular in the TV experience area – cable has to have the uncontested most innovative and best tv experience; (2) Continue to push broadband speeds well ahead of ADSL and (3) continue improve efficiency to be able to continue improving the bottom line particularly in the context of a very difficult economic environment. I also believe that cable will continue to pursue market share growth in the SMEs leveraging on superior broadband products
Tell us a bit about the ZON’s vision of broadband anywhere and why WiFi is increasingly important to cable. We want our customers to continue to use ZON services even when they leave their homes or offices. Adding a mobile broadband offer was an important part – we did it through an MVNO deal several years ago – but we thought that was not enough so we have been developing a very extensive Wi-Fi network using dual Wi-Fi Routers that we install in our customer premises. If the customer enables the second Wi-Fi network he can use for free any other Wi-Fi “hotspot”. We have currently around 500.000 hotspots with a very impressive usage and customer satisfaction.
Can you tell us a bit about what the competitive landscape for the European cable industry looks like and how it has changed over the past few years? Cable became a very strong challenger to most European fixed incumbents and in many cases with significant competitive advantage. We have seen most players starting to launch multi-screen strategies and improving their core TV product experience bringing more innovation to the end consumer and in some markets fixed-mobile convergence become an important trend that will shape our competitive landscape.
What sorts of strategies have you noticed cable executives adopting to stay ahead, especially where innovation is concerned? In the last two years in particular we have seen a lot of innovation…
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Luis Lopes will join Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland, Gunnar Evensen, CEO, GET, Paul Hendriks, CTO, Ziggo and Andrew Barron, COO, Virgin Media for the C-Suite Panel discussion, taking place at 16.15 on Day 2 of Cable Congress 2013. Click here for the latest agenda.
In the run-up to Cable Congress 2013, taking place on 5-7 March in London, we speak to Paul Hendriks of Ziggo. Paul is a member of the Management Board and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the innovation, development and operations of the platforms, networks and IT.
Paul shares his thoughts on cable’s challenges for 2013 from a technology standpoint and tells us about the cable technology from a CTO insider perspective. Also read about the issue of symmetry and what Paul says when confronted with statements like “Cable doesn’t offer the same upload as download speeds”.
VIEW THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
In addition to his exclusive CTO interview with us before Cable Congress, Paul joins the C-Suite Panel at 16.15 on Day Two at Cable Congress 2013. Competitive forces in the market are bringing the cable business head to head with big players like never before. Translating quick decision making in the C-Suite into market-winning strategy make this a panel not to be missed.
Along with Ziggo’s CTO, Paul’s expert insight and guidance will be supported by Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland, Gunnar Evensen, CEO, GET, Luis Lopes, COO, ZON and Andrew Barron, COO, Virgin Media.
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December is here – we are officially in the run-up to Christmas!
Before the holiday rush reaches fever pitch, now would be a good time to secure your delegate experience at Cable Congress 2013. Taking place on 5-7 March at the Lancaster Hotel in London, the event brings together top executives from the cable, technology, content and new media industries.
The agenda is shaping up nicely, with a few new features and discussion points. We’re pleased to welcome a C-Suite-rich set of industry leaders confirmed to speak, including:
Rosalia Portela, CEO, ONO
Lorenz Glatz, CTO, KDG
Dan Hennessy, CTO, Virgin Media
Dana Strong, CEO, UPC Ireland
Manuel Cubero, COO, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG
Balan Nair, CTO, LGI
Paul Hendriks, CTO, Ziggo
Luis Lopes, COO, ZON
Luc Martens, CEO, Excentis
Marisa Drew, MD, Global Co-Head of Global Markets Solutions Group, Credit Suisse
Wim De Ketelaere, CTO, Excentis
Martin Kull, CEO, Vestacon
Annet Aris, Board KDG, Sanoma, Adjunct Prof., INSEAD
John Hahn, MD, Providence Equity LLP
Svein Erik Davidsen, VP & Head of Content Acquisition, Telenor Broadcast Holding
Martin Kull, CEO, Vestacon
Todd Brown, Chief Revenue Officer, Yap TV
Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Guy Bisson, Research Director, Television, Screen Digest
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Ziggo has reported strong EBITDA growth, despite a summer low on marketing
Subscriptions to the operator’s All-in-1 bundle increased by 20,000 on the quarter and 148,000 year-on-year, representing an annual growth of 12.1%. After easing off the All-in-1 campaign during the summer, new marketing activities began in September with a focus on the fourth quarter.
“As marketing activities during the summer period tend to be less effective, we reduced our efforts during the third quarter and started an All-in-1 bundle campaign in September with an emphasis on the fourth quarter,” explained Ziggo CEO Bernard Dijkhuizen. “At the same time, we saw an increase in competition which, in combination with lower marketing efforts, has resulted in a more moderate growth of our All-in-1 bundle subscriptions.”
The success has taken Ziggo into the black at €72.4 million from a net loss of €1.3 million in Q3 2011.
Dutch cableco latest to expand WLan density by opening up home access points, working with ALU
As broadband providers look to add wireless to their services by investing in Wi-Fi, many are exploring the idea of turning their customers’ home access points into public hotspots, which in turn can expanded wireless coverage and offload capacity for mobile partners. FON pioneered similar ideas, working with telcos like British Telecom, and Free has used the tactic to disruptive effect in France. The latest to take this route is Dutch cableco Ziggo, which also recently acquired LTE spectrum, signalling a step towards a quad play offering in future.
The operator has kicked off a commercial trial in the city of Groningen, working with Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio Wi-Fi equipment, unveiled earlier this year as part of the vendor’s small cell architecture. The partners say this is the largest community trial of cable-based hotspots in Europe to date. Ziggo subscribers will be able to access one another’s home Wi-Fi connections with a simple login rather than complex authentication passwords, without damaging the hotspot owner’s security or network performance, says ALU.
The trial will be opened up to 18,000 homes in November, making it the largest and densest public WLan in the Netherlands. Ziggo customers must give permission for their home routers to be opened up, and if they do, they also get access to those of other participants. This differs from some systems, such as FON, where those supporting open access received free or discounted services.
Keeps full-year guidance
AMSTERDAM–Dutch cable company Ziggo NV Friday said it returned to a net profit in the third quarter and maintained its guidance for the full 2012.
- Net profit was EUR72.4 million, from a EUR1.3 million net loss in the same period a year earlier.
- Revenue rose 1.2% to EUR380.1 million, compared to a year earlier.
- Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, amortization and depreciation, or Ebitda, were up 8.1% on the year to EUR227 million.
Ziggo said it is on track to continue to increase its market share and grow revenues. Excluding telephony usage, where it expects a continuation of the downward trend, Ziggo expects revenue from its core business to develop in line with its plans for the full year 2012. In view of the market environment that has become more competitive over the summer period, subscriber acquisition costs are expected to increase. Based on the above expectations Ziggo said it is confident to meet the current EBITDA consensus for the full year 2012.
Capital expenditure for 2012 is expected to be in the range of EUR270 to EUR280 million, slightly below our previous guidance of approximately EUR280 million.
Ziggo shares closed at EUR26.89 Thursday.
By Amsterdam Bureau
Ziggo has doubled the number of channels for Apple devices.
From today, the number of channels offered by the Ziggo TV app via its TV Everywhere service for Apple devices is increasing from 14 to 28 for those subscribing to the TV Extra package. Those with the Standard package will have access to 24 channels and those taking the TV Plus package will be offered 27 channels.
The app for Android devices was updated to offer all 28 channels last month.
The latest Ziggo TV app also integrates with Twitter, allowing users to forward, delete and edit tweets via the shortcuts within the app. It also allows up to three devices per household to watch live TV.