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No regulatory holiday for telecoms players, says Kroes

The EC’s digital agenda goals can best be met by maximising competition and not by granting “regulatory holidays” to incumbent telecom players, according to Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission. It is clear that the EC’s broadband goals will require significant investment, said Kroes, speaking at the Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday. Calls to […]

Cable operators extending support inside and outside the home

Cable operators will increasingly be forced to extend the levels of support they offer to the home network and peripheral devices in the home, delegates to Cable Congress in Brussels heard yesterday. The wireless router in the home has gone from being something people bought for themselves to cable looking after people’s in-home wireless networks […]

Digital TV usurps broadband as cable growth driver

Digital TV services are overtaking broadband as the key growth drivers for cable operators, Cable Congress delegates were told this morning. Speaking at the event, Guy Bisson, research director, television, IHS Screen Digest, said European cable operators had seen a 10% increase in broadband and telephony revenues compared with an 18% increase in digital TV […]

Liberty Global plans MVNO launches this year

Liberty Global plans to launch MVNO services across Europe this year. The operator’s Belgian cable platform Telenet already offers mobile services under an MVNO deal, but it will expand its mobile operations in other European markets this year. Speaking at Cable Congress in Brussels, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said that offering quad […]

Positive outlook for cable financing

Cable investment is currently more suited to the public market as opposed to private investment, according to Providence Equity’s managing director Karim Tabet. Speaking at Cable Congress, Tabet said the IPO of Kabel Deutschland and near-IPOs of other German operators had left investors “hungry”. Speaking on the same panel, Marisa Drew, managing director, co-head of […]

50Mbps should be maximum standard speed for now, says Fries

Liberty Global will set 50Mbps as the standard speed for the bulk of subscribers beyond which it will not go for now, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. “It’s an opportunity to take a breather,” Fries told the Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday. “We have to consider how to get a return […]

TV still bigger than the web in people’s lives, cautions Intel

TV still plays a larger role in most people’s lives than the internet, according to Genevieve Bell, chipset vendor Intel’s and director of interactive and experience research. In the US, people watch 20% more TV than they did 10 years ago, and TV is still a dominant force in the way we organise our lives […]

Cable Europe: strong growth, digital TV will overtake analogue this year

Cable Europe expects there to be more digital than analogue subscribers by the end of this year. European Union cable operators had 27.8 million digital TV subs at the end of last year, up 12.9%, according to figures released by cable industry association Cable Europe at its annual Cable Congress event, released this morning. There […]

Still work to be done on telecoms regulation, says Cable Europe’s Kohnstamm

European telecom still needs fairer and more stable regulation, according to Cable Europe. “Cable is presenting a growing and tangible contribution to economic recovery,” said Cable Europe president Manuel Kohnstamm, pointing to cable’s top-line growth of 7% last year. He said about half of cable’s footprint was now capable of receiving 30Mbps broadband. He said […]

Multiscreen rights and wrongs

Multiscreen distribution was the dominant theme of last month’s IBC in Amsterdam, writes Stuart Thomson. Multiscreen distribution has been on the minds of TV industry technologists for quite a while now, with interest supercharged by the iPad and its imitators. The success of the iPad – a surprise to many who were skeptical that Apple […]