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Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies
March 12-13, 2024
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center, Denver, CO

Where’s European cable heading?

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, assesses the future of cable in Europe, looking at the impact of competition and uncertainty in the market.

Faced with ever-mounting competition from fibre and wireless providers, European cablecos are wrestling with the best ways to respond.

Some are forging ahead with upgrades of their hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) architectures and new iterations of DOCSIS technology, while others are pivoting to all-fibre networks and next-gen versions of PON technology. And a few others are trying to do both.

At the same time, European operators are seeking to make their broadband networks more effective and efficient.

By deploying such technologies as network virtualization, artificial intelligence, network automation and Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM); cablecos are looking to slash costs, deliver services quicker, resolve problems faster, and generally improve the customer experience. But the task is costly and much easier said than done.

  • How are cable operators and their tech partners faring with these critical network upgrade projects? 
  • Which strategies are working so far, and which are not? What hurdles are operators and vendors encountering? 
  • How are they moving to overcome these hurdles? And where does the industry go from here?

These are just some of the major questions that we will be discussing in detail during Light Reading’s Cable Next-Gen Europe digital symposium on Tuesday, June 4.

Cable Next-Gen Europe returns

Back by popular demand for the seventh year running, Cable Next-Gen Europe is a free, three-hour digital event that will examine the rapidly shifting European broadband landscape and cable’s unique role in it.

During the symposium, I will be joined by leading cable industry stakeholders to discuss the key issues impacting this segment of European telecoms today.

Our line-up of speakers will include:

John Chapman, Industry CTO & Broadband Fellow

Bill Warga, VP, Strategy & Technology, Liberty Global

Gavin Young, Head, Fixed Access Centre of Excellence, Vodafone

Jan Ariesen, Chief Technology Officer, Technetix

Colin Howlett, Chief Technology Officer, Vecima

David Whitehead, Senior Director, Broadband Solutions, Harmonic