The European cable market posted revenues that were up 12 percent, to a total of EUR 18.8 billion, from 2005 to 2006, according to lobby group Cable Europe.

According to the Website Telecompaper.com, the numbers were released in a report during Cable Europe’s Cable Congress show (formerly ECCA) last week in Amsterdam. The report also said cable’s value had doubled over the past six years from EUR 9.4 billion in revenues in 2000. High-speed data and telephony services currently account for more than one-third of the total revenue.

Cable Europe estimated the number of digital cable subscribers in Europe reached 11 million last year, up 53 percent from 2005. The cable telephony market increased by 21.6 percent growth last year to more than 10 million customers, while cable Internet users in Europe grew 26 percent to more than 13 million.

The lobby group also issued a number of policy recommendations, including a quick transition to digital TV in Europe; limiting local authorities’ subsidies to new technologies such as digital terrestrial, Wi-Fi and fiber-to-the-home in order to maintain a level playing field; a stronger role for the European Commission to veto and limit national regulatory decisions; clarity in the copyright clearance market; and harmonization of local must carry rules, according to Telecompaper. InfoVista unveils cable strategy at Cable Congress In other Cable Congress news, InfoVista unveiled its strategy for cable service providers, which it said would enable cable operators to grow their businesses, compete effectively with telcos, and meet the demands of both residential and commercial customers.

InfoVista’s performance management solution, VistaInsight for Networks 2.2, Service Provider edition, provides key capabilities tailored to cable providers, according to the press release. Its strategy is to offer end-to-end performance management solutions for cable operators who are deploying triple-play consumer and commercial services.

 "Market shifts in the cable world, such as growing end-user demand for new services and commercial revenue opportunities, have created a call to action for cable providers," said Jean-Luc Valente, chief marketing officer with InfoVista, in a prepared statement. "InfoVista’s response has been to lay out an evolutionary path to help cable MSOs simultaneously manage competitive broadband, VoIP and digital video services to a growing number of residential and commercial customers." – Mike Robuck

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