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What's Next for European Cable?

Event moderator, Alan Breznick, discusses the latest in cable and what's' to come for the European cable industry. 

DOCSIS 3.1 Ramps Up in Europe

The ANGA COM event in Europe top cable executives discussed rolling out DOCSIS 3.1. Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading discusses the event and the latest developments. 

Remote PHY Moves Needle in Europe

Although it may not be happening as quickly as once predicted, Remote PHY is showing clear signs of becoming the next BIG thing in cable land. At the ANGA COM event in Cologne, Germany, two weeks ago, for instance, nearly all the major cable equipment vendors were once again hawking their Remote PHY wares for the benefit of the 21,700 folks attending Europe's largest annual cable show.

Liberty Global: A Tale of Two Companies?

For Liberty Global, there's increasingly Virgin Media on one side and the rest of its European cable properties on the other. Alan Breznick discusses Liberty Global more including their financials.

Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...

As you'd expect at an event organized by an industry body that lives and breathes to promote fiber-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B), there has been a lot of positive noise about fiber-based broadband in Valencia this week and, indeed, there are some healthy growth numbers to support the notion that FTTH is (finally) picking up in the region.

Vodafone Revs Up DOCSIS 3.1 in Germany

In a clear sign that European cable providers plan to compete in the emerging gigabit market, Vodafone Germany has started rolling out DOCSIS 3.1-enabled 1-Gig service throughout its large footprint.

As reported by Broadband TV News today, Vodafone Germany is starting with the four Bavarian cities of Nuremberg, Landshut, Dingolfing and Fuerth. These four markets, with a combined 400,000 cable homes, were the first ones where Vodafone switched off analog TV and radio channels and upgraded its networks to DOCSIS 3.1. (See Eurobites: BT Transfers 31K Workers to Openreach.)

5G: Friend or Foe for European Cable?

If there's one thing that European cable TV providers know better than anyone else in the world, it's fixed-mobile convergence.

Unlike their US counterparts, European cable TV operators have embraced mobile (voice, data, video and other services) as a key element of their product bundle for years. In fact, at last count, at least 16 European MSOs have adopted network convergence strategies so far, becoming either MNOs or MVNOs. Take that, Comcast and Charter.

Altice Europe in Talks About Fiber Assets

European cable giant Altice says it is exploring financial partnerships that would help to speed up the deployment of all-fiber networks, fueling speculation it may sell fiber assets in a bid to reduce its high level of debt.

The company's statement followed media reports that private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring fiber assets from Altice, which operates fixed and mobile networks in France, through its SFR subsidiary, and owns Portugal Telecom.

Why Vodafone Is Betting on Cloud Video

While Liberty Global has hogged much of the spotlight with its next-gen Horizon video platform, another major European cable and broadband provider is much more quietly rolling out an ambitious cloud-based video offering throughout the continent, as well as elsewhere around the world.

Over the past year, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has introduced its new cloud-based TV service in at least nine markets -- Australia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. Known simply as Vodafone TV, the OTT video streaming product is a multi-platform pay-TV offering that relies on both Vodafone's fiber connections and 4G wireless network. Leveraging a lightweight set-top box client, the Android TV-based service offers access to cloud DVR, popular local terrestrial channels, and on-demand content and online services like NOW TV (from Sky Italia), Netflix and CHILI, an OTT pay-per-view movie service.

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