ANGA COM 2014: Countdown to the Broadband and Media Summit
The countdown is on: From 20 to 22 May the ANGA COM Exhibition and Congress for Broadband, Cable & Satellite will take place in Cologne / Germany. There will be 450 exhibitors and the event, now in its fifteenth year, will offer the most multifaceted congress programme ever.
With 450 companies from 34 countries the exhibition ties to the previous year’s record mark. With topics from traditional television reception technology to latest fibre optics and IP networks to multiscreen and TV Everywhere solution it covers the entire product range of broadband and video distribution.
The diversity of topics between broadband and media is also reflected in the numerous cooperations for the programme of the accompanying congress: This year, in addition to cooperating with leading industry associations (BREKO, German TV Platform, SCTE, VATM, VPRT, and ZVEI), ANGA COM also cooperates with Medienforum NRW, an event sponsored by the federal state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Kick-off is a joint opening with a welcome address by NRW´s Premier Hannelore Kraft.
ANGA COM’s opening discussion is titled: “Broadband, Television, Online – Business Models for the Connected Media World.” Participating in the panel discussion on behalf of the network operators will be Michael T. Fries (President & CEO, Liberty Global), Dr Manuel Cubero (CEO, Kabel Deutschland and Managing Director, Vodafone Deutschland), Wolfgang Elsäßer (Managing Director, Astra Deutschland), Michael Hagspihl (Managing Director Marketing, Telekom Deutschland), and Ronny Verhelst (CEO, Tele Columbus Group). The broadcasters will be represented by Conrad Albert (Member of the Executive Board, ProSiebenSat.1) and Peter Weber (Corporate Counsel, ZDF).
This will be followed by the NRW Media Summit, held in cooperation with the ANGA COM congress programme. It starts with keynote addresses by Tom Buhrow (Director General, WDR) and Thomas Lindner (Chairman of the Board of Directors, FAZ). Joined, among others, by Dr. Marc Jan Eumann (State Secretary for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media of NRW), Lutz Schüler (CEO, Unitymedia KabelBW), and Brian Sullivan (CEO, Sky), they will then be discussing the consequences of the major digital transformation of media usage, media offerings, and business models for both their companies´ strategies and future market structures. Further topics at the Medienforum NRW include the design of the future media regulation, video and digital strategies of publishing houses, the role of VOD usage in the German media market and current developments in television and online entertainment.
ANGA COM‘s strategy panels will look at personalized TV, multi access strategies, new broadband business models beyond the flatrate, platform regulation, copyright, pay TV and competition with new online offers (OTT). Topics of the nine international technology panels, held entirely in English, include fiber optics expansion, multiscreen, IPTV, DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, RDK, recommendation engines, and Wifi.
On the third day of the event there will be a total of seven panel events, including four expert panels of the “Connected Home Special“. Now in its second year, the Connected Home Special is again organized in cooperation with BITKOM, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. The event’s highlight is the Connected Home Summit. This international summit discussion features: Thomas Braun (President, ANGA Association of German Cable Operators), Wilhelm Dresselhaus (CEO, Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland), Dr. Christian P. Illek (Chairman of the Management Board, Microsoft Deutschland), Bruce McClelland (President, Network & Cloud and Global Services, ARRIS), Yves Padrines (Vice President & General Manager SP Video EMEAR, Cisco), and Dr Dirk Wössner (Managing Director Sales, Telekom Deutschland).
For the first time, ANGA COM features an additional presentation platform for all exhibitors and visitors: In addition to the regular congress panels, exhibitors present their products, projects, and solutions in the new Speakers‘ Corner. It is located on the exhibition boulevard in hall 10.1 and can be attended free of charge by all exhibition visitors and congress attendees, no additional registration is required. The agenda of this practice forum is available via www.angacom.de.
Dr Peter Charissé, Managing Director of ANGA COM: “With 450 exhibitors we tie in smoothly with the success of our record year 2013. With our numerous co-operations we have managed to further add value to the congress programme. With the combination of exhibition and congress we make the connected media world tangible, dealing with the broadband and media topics practical and to the point.”
Ticket prices remain unchanged compared to 2013: Admission ticket to the exhibition costs € 22 for three days. The ticket for the entire congress (€ 200) also includes admission to all Medienforum NRW events.