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Interview with Luis Lopes

Luis Lopes COO Zon Cable Congress BlogAhead 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…

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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.

Exclusive Speaker Interview with Paul Hendriks of Ziggo

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”.

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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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Announcing the Cable Congress 2013 initial speaker line-up

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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Cisco and NDS helping customers…

Cisco and NDS helping customers step into the future

The acquisition of NDS will strengthen the ambitions of Cisco to make its Videoscape portfolio of solutions the preferred migration path for service providers moving towards an increasingly IP, multi-platform and multi-device world while looking to maintain the value of their legacy investments. Ken Morse, CTO, Service Provider Video Technology Group at Cisco, explained last month that with NDS, Cisco now embraces multiple STB manufacturers and SoC (Systems on Chip) environments and can meet service and content provider expectations for content security in a multi-DRM world.

And he emphasised the importance of the user experience, “which is really driving the marketplace right now because it captures the imagination of the end customer.” NDS is a leader in the whole user experience domain, of course, with its Snowflake user interface typifying the kind of next-generation STB/DVR experience demanding consumers are now hoping for. Snowflake has been deployed by ZON in Portugal and is also being used by Liberty Global for the new Horizon platform.

“Service providers are looking for a partner who can help them on a journey and the two solution portfolios from Cisco and NDS complement each other to provide a meaningful migration path for customers,” Morse says. “We both have the ability to bring a large number of customers onto this journey, too.”

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Pushing boundaries: next-gen cable services

As European cable operators tentatively begin to roll out next generation platforms, Graham Pomphrey, Digital TV Europe (@DTVEGraham) assesses the chosen strategies and considers the challenges being faced.

On the Horizon

Although we are at an early stage, the maturing of some western pay TV markets, and the potential for saturation within them, has seen some operators look to advance their already popular services. The strategy is to either upsell additional services like huge VOD libraries, connected TV functionality and associated broadband connection, or to attract often scarce new subscribers. Virgin Media and Ono are already doing the former with TiVo technology, Zon Multimédia is using NDS-based middleware for its Iris platform while Liberty Global’s Horizon is set to launch in the Netherlands in the third quarter, to be followed by Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland later this year.

Liberty Global’s CEO Mike Fries has said Horizon will have a transformative effect on the company by enabling the cable giant to satisfy consumer demand to be able to draw content from the web to the TV, and to receive their ‘cable’ experience across multiple screens. “It will set our customer’s expectations and the quality of the consumer experience at a whole new level,” Fries told DTVE at the Cable Congress event earlier this year.

There is no doubt that Liberty Global has a strong market position, with a customer base of around 18.4 million and existing relationships with content partners. The biggest challenge is how to market the service. With around 10 million subscribers taking analogue services and operations in various emerging markets, Liberty Global, will need to market the service carefully. Fries has already said that Horizon will be “not that expensive”.

Making progress

While Horizon has been on the metaphorical horizon for some time – reports first emerged about the platform as far back as 2010 – cable operators Virgin Media and Ono have already launched services that merge traditional TV with web services. Partnering with US middleware-and-DVR specialist TiVo, both operators have been able to pioneer advanced services in their respective countries.

Virgin Media’s TiVo platform allows users to pause and rewind TV, offers advanced search and recommendation, provides access to catch-up services from the UK’s public broadcasters, including iPlayer, and offers access to web apps from Twitter, eBay, Facebook and Spotify amongst others.

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