Where are Europe's cablecos heading?

European cablecos are wrestling with the best ways to respond to increasing competition from fiber and wireless providers.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

May 10, 2024

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

Some are forging ahead with upgrades of their hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) architectures and new iterations of DOCSIS technology, while others are pivoting to all-fiber 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 next-gen technologies such as network virtualization, artificial intelligence (AI), network automation and proactive network maintenance (PNM), cablecos are looking to slash costs, deliver services quicker, resolve problems faster and 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 we will discuss in detail during Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Europe digital symposium on Tuesday, June 4.

Back by popular demand for the seventh year running, Cable Next-Gen Europe 2024 is a free, three-hour digital event that will examine the rapidly shifting European broadband landscape and the unique role cable will play.

During the symposium, leading cable tech experts will join me to discuss the key issues impacting the European market today. Our lineup includes the following highly regarded speakers:

  • John Chapman, Industry CTO & Broadband Fellow

  • Bill Warga, VP, Strategy & Technology, Liberty Global

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

  • Kevin Noll, Principal Architect, CableLabs 

  • Julia Schindler, Senior Analyst, European Markets, Omdia

  • Jan Ariesen, Chief Technology Officer, Technetix

  • Colin Howlett, Chief Technology Officer, Vecima

  • Jeff Heynen, VP, Broadband Access & Home Networking, Dell'Oro Group

  • David Whitehead, Senior Director, Broadband Solutions, Harmonic

So please register to attend this free online event on Tuesday, June 4. Join the critical conversations about the evolution of cable in Europe. We will make it worth your while.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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