ANGA CABLE 2012 – Cologne. “Anga Cable is still growing, while other fairs are faced with a slowdown,” said ANGA president Thomas Braun during his opening speech.
The success of the show and congress reflects the growing up of the German cable TV market. “At the moment broadband cable with speeds of up to 100 Mbps reaches 50% of the population, this will be 60% by 2013.”
3.6 million people now have broadband via cable, that is up 700,000 compared to a year earlier, “and from new broadband customers two out of three choose cable.”
At the moment, 42.5% of all German cable homes have digital TV and half the people own an HD TV set. The total number of cabled homes is 18.4 million making Germany Europe’s largest cable market.
But Liberty Global’s Mike Fries put the German market in a European perspective, saying that only one in eight people that subscribe to broadband have chosen cable. “Things here are lower and slower than almost everywhere we do business.”
“Get outside this country to see what I am seeing. The cable industry is very small, but it is having a little success against companies that are 20 times its size. Industries like ours need scale. Consumers are the people benefitting from it.”