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The ANGA Cable Show opens its doors on May 4 in Cologne with over 390 exhibitors and a packed conference programme that includes a focus on core cable technology including EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and deeper fibre, plus new service opportunities including HDTV, VOD and 3DTV. We have always found this a great show to track cable technology developments, although the focus has expanded to cover more satellite and even IPTV in recent years. Videonet will be publishing special ANGA newsletters from the event.
One of the highlights from the conference programme is ‘Cable, Satellite and IPTV: Competing Digital Platforms’, on Tuesday, May 4 at 1030-12.00, when you can hear from many of the most important cable operators in Europe in a single session. Speakers include Dr. Andreas Bereczky, Director Production, ZDF; Dr. Adrian v. Hammerstein, CEO, Kabel Deutschland; Werner Hanf, CEO, NetCologne; Christian P. Illek, Group Executive Management T-Home Marketing, Deutsche Telekom; Dr. Herbert Leifker, Chief Commercial Officer, Unitymedia Group; and Sky Deutschland’s CEO Brian Sullivan.
ANGA Cable Exhibition and Congress is between May 4 – 6. You can see the rest of the ANGA Cable conference agenda here.
In terms of service opportunities for cable operators, other strong conference sessions include:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010HDTV – Best Practice from the Market PartnersSpeakers include ZDF and Tele Columbus.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010Cable TV and IPTV: Hybrid Devices, Encryption and Interoperability Speakers include Kabel Deutschland, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Media Group RTL Germany.
Thursday, May 6, 2010HD, 3D and VoD – Platform Concepts in CompetitionSpeakers include Discovery Networks Deutschland, Unitymedia Group, Tele Columbus Gruppe and NetCologne GmbH.
Major cable technology issues are being addressed over the three days with English and German speaking sessions (with translations). These include:
Deployment of EuroDOCSIS 3.0 – Reports from the FieldCable, Fibre and LTE – Who will win the Broadband Battle?Migration from HFC to Next-Gen Fibre CI Plus – More than Conditional Access only?Fibre – Handling the Increasing CapacityField Report – Video over DOCSISTriple Play Services directly to the Customer
At the recent Cable Congress exhibition, another important European cable gathering, operators were extremely bullish about their prospects in 2010 and 2011. The advent of EuroDOCSIS 3.0 has given them a powerful weapon against the telco triple-play, thanks to the ability to deliver very high-speed broadband cost-effectively.
The dilemma about how to handle the threat of disintermediation that over-the-top video presents – ironically enabled by high-speed broadband – was also a key discussion theme at that event. We expect to see this issue raise its head throughout this event, too.