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Default ANGA Cable kicks off with a new exhibitor and conference record

In its ninth year, ANGA Cable (and satellite) show continues it's successful run.

The event opens today with 367 exhibitors from 31 countries - an increase of almost 20 percent in comparison to last year. Due to improved space allocation, net exhibition space has been expanded by twelve percent to 9,887 sqm. The event has also significantly strengthened its international character: a record high of 60 percent of the companies come from abroad (2006: 53 percent). This means that ANGA Cable has managed to further strengthen its position as leading market place for cable and satellite in Europe. During the three days of the event 9,000 trade visitors are expected.

"Triple Play as the mega trend pushes the European broadband markets as well as our trade fair", said Thomas Braun, President of ANGA Verband Deutscher Kabelnetzbetreiber (Association of German CATV Operators). "Not least due to cable networks’ upgrading with optical fibre the terms cable and broadband will remain inseparable from each other. As of 2008 we want to emphasize this convergence of network technologies with the new subtitle "Trade Fair for Cable, Broadband and Satellite"."

In Focus: Systems Solutions and Standards for Triple Play Services

The Triple Play of data, voice and video will be the main focus of the exhibition. The event provides an overview of all major transmission technologies for DVB-, HDTV-, and IP-based communications services. This includes Next Generation Networks, DOCSIS 3.0, IPTV as well as hybrid systems solutions dealing with "DVB meets IP".

Today's "Strategy Summit", starting 10.00 am, will centre around with the current discussion about digital programme platforms, featuring prominent speakers. The heads of network operators of UnityMedia, Orion Cable, SES Astra and of ANGA will discuss current issues with representatives of Premiere, VPRT, ZDF and the state media authority of Berlin-Brandenburg; among the topics will be simulcast, encryption and analogue switch-off as well as taking stock and looking into the future of transmission of the German Bundesliga soccer league.

There will follow a panel, featuring ARD, Astra, Eutelsat, and RTL, about the future platform satellite concepts. Then, legal experts from Kabel Deutschland, Premiere, T-Online, VPRT, and the state media authorities will discuss current issues of digital platform regulation. Among the issues will be media law regulations for EPGs, encryption systems and must-carry-rules. During the technology panels top level representatives from the USA, Great Britain, the Low Countries and Germany will present their views with regards to the future of cable and Triple / Quad Play.

Wednesday will start with another highlight at 09.30 am. For the first time there will be a technology summit with high-ranking representatives from systems providers and network operators EWT, Hanse-Net, PrimaCom, and @Home (NL) discussing the different transmission paths’ capacities and outlook. There will follow another international panel discussing current migration concepts for the digital switchover, featuring Cablecom (Switzerland), Kabel Baden-Württemberg, Liwest (Austria) und Telenet (Belgium). The second day will close on an expert panel on legal issues of IPTV and Video on Demand as well as on the perennial issue of copyright, with a first-hand account from the responsible director at the GEMA (society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights).

The two strategy panels on Thursday will be dedicated to new programme offerings for CATV operators and to the "key issues" Conditional Access, DRM, and certification. Experts from Astra, Conax, MTV Networks, Nagravision, NDS, QVC, TESC, and Turner Broadcasting will participate.

Convention: 10 Technology and Crafts Panels with more than 40 Broadband Experts

"DVB meets IP" is the slogan for two of ANGA Cable Convention's five technology panels on the second and third day of the event. Further topics on the agenda include innovations for Triple Play offers as well as DOCSIS 3.0, DVB-S2, hybrid DVB-IP set-top-boxes and Video-on-Demand. On the third day there will be two events tailored to the target group trade / skilled trade. All in all there will be six presentations, freely accessible for all trade fair visitors, dealing with the topics “How to Earn Money with Services in Cable Networks” and “Saving Money by delivering the expected quality”.

"Last year there were nearly 1,000 visitors attending the conference. As we have seen yet another increase in pre-registrations we are positive that ANGA Cable Convention will again prove to be a unique magnet for trade visitors from all over Europe - and from even further," said Braun.
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