Lars Backlund, Secretary General, Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE)

BNE is based in Brussels and represents the commercial interests of Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators in 21 European countries with regard to policy developments and regulatory intervention by European Institutions, ITU and other organisations. Mr Backlund has a professional background in the satellite industry with the Swedish Space Corporation and as a representative of the Swedish Government on the communications satellite board of the European Space Agency. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank on various communications system study missions. Mr Backlund has recently held several leading positions at Teracom, Sweden including international business development, strategic planning and regulatory affairs.

Lars Backlund has a Master’s Degree in telecommunications and microwave engineering and also diplomas from executive programmes at the Swedish Institute of Management and from various courses at INSEAD.

Safeguarding the long-term value of DTT – stakeholders and regulation

The “Digital Terrestrial TV Distribution Networks” (DTT) are now widely established in practically all European countries. DTT is important for European citizens and governments serving almost 50% of European households on their primary or secondary TV with some 2000 TV channels across the continent. DTT secures European values and underpins the content production and audio-visual industry. DTT is constantly innovating adding new services like HDTV, OTT and others.

The keynote address will summarise which are the key stakeholders and key issues for the Broadcasting and Content Sector, EU, ITU, CEPT, Manufactures and the role of BNE being the common organisation looking after the interest of the DTT Network Operators.

Darko Ratkaj, Senior Project Manager, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

At the EBU’s Technology & Innovation department he works on transmission technologies for audio-visual media content and services, the related regulation, and the market evolution. In particular, he is interested in wireless distribution platforms, including 4G/LTE and 5G, but also terrestrial radio and TV networks. The main objective of his work is to ensure that public service content can be made universally available taking into account both the technological developments and the changing audience behaviour.

He maintains working relations with the broadcast and the telecommunications industries, market analysts, national regulators and the European Commission, and often contributes to regulatory and standardisation forums and trade events.

He holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Future distribution of public service media

Audiovisual media providers are confronted with the ongoing technological developments, the fast changing market conditions, and the profound shift in audience behaviour.

These changes present a particular challenge for the public service media providers as they are also subject to a specific regulatory requirements and constraints.

This presentation will outline the future requirements for the distribution of public service media content. Furthermore, it will highlight the strategic importance of the future distribution infrastructure, including not only the traditional broadcast platforms but also mobile networks, such as 4G and 5G, and the Internet.

Domagoj Frank, CEO, HP Produkcija d.o.o.

HP Produkcija developed and in 2012 commercially launched evotv – a DTT pay TV service using the DVB-T2 network for the Croatian Post Inc. He is responsible for the further development of the service. Moreover, he is also a lecturer at the University North and a researcher who, as a part of his Ph.D. study, focuses on technology acceptance modelling and the adoption of television applications.

He was previously the Director of Strategy, Research and Development in the Odašiljači i veze d.o.o., where he led the full development cycle of the new services portfolio (wholesale IPTV service, TV playout centre, fibre optic transmission network). His further experience includes landline and mobile telecommunication networks and managerial positions in the mobile operator Vipnet, telecom system integrators, and development in Ericsson.
He has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, and is finishing his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka.

Vedran Bubalo, Director of the Research and Development Department, HP Produkcija d.o.o.

HP Produkcija operates a DTT pay TV service evotv by using the DVB-T2 network for the Croatian Post Inc. He is responsible for the development of the aforementioned service. He was previously the Manager of the Support, Maintenance and Managed Services department in GDi GISDATA d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia, where he led the support department and managed IT projects for numerous telecommunication operators and regulators worldwide. His further experience includes the mobile radio and access network planning and optimization, as he worked for the mobile operator T-Mobile Croatia.

He has a master’s degree in Traffic Engineering from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, and a specialist degree in Informatics Management from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb.

evotv Terrestrial Pay TV in Croatia – Success Stories

Year 2017 was a difficult year for PayTV service providers on Croatian market. Market saturation and tough competition weren’t helpful for the evotv service, however, evotv managed to reduce churn and gain increase on subscriber base. How was it done, what were the deciding factors and how evotv plans to sustain growth in 2018 and after, will be shown during this presentation.

Tibor Auer, Broadcasting expert, NEC Eastern Europe Ltd.

Tibor Auer has joined NEC Eastern Europe Ltd. in 2008. As Broadcasting Expert he is first point of contact in technical support of broadcasting products. He is also responsible for: international sales support of broadcast related projects; giving continuous feedback to Japanese headquarter and technical team based on feedbacks from customers; training for Operation and Maintenance; screening and repair of NEC broadcasting products; trouble ticket handling; in-and-after warranty repairs; on-site support in case of special projects; supervising on-site installation and commissioning on installed equipment. He was previously employed as Developing Engineer on the microwave products in Teletechnika Ltd. (2003 – 2008) and as Aviation Electrician in Danubian Aircraft Co. (1998 – 2001). He was educated for Technician of Aviation Electronics (1992-1997) and Microwave Telecommunication Engineer (1998-2002).

Boadcast is a “gateway”

Main topics:

  • Development in content consuming. How the behaviour of the viewers changed, where are we heading. From chair sitting movies till 360° VR.
  • UHD in live distribution / streaming. Trends, Streamers, VLogs.
  • 5G/IoT in broadcast. Broadcast on alternative platforms.
  • Life beyond T2. New system concept for DTT.

Ovidiu Stanescu, CEO, Romkatel (Kathrein Group)

Ovidiu Stanescu was appointed CEO of Romkatel in 2015, in the same period when the company started to search for a new business model and paradigm. His vision is to use the full creative and technical potential of the domestic highly skilled professionals to create a pool of ideas, innovation and new services. The business model encompasses not only Ovidiu’s and his team’s full professional experience, but also his openness towards IoT and the new technological trends, spanning across all industries.

Ovidiu holds an MBA from Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna and is a highly experienced manager who aims to always make a difference with an eye for details and an enthusiast advocate of innovation.

Broadcast future Challenges and Opportunities – Solutions for the Connected World

How can broadcast technology be used for the efficient transmission of programmes and data to mobile devices in the future? As an innovation and technology driver in today’s connected world, Kathrein has a vision for the future of broadcast.

Kathrein has an extensive portfolio in the field of broadcast technology and in addition to powerful and flexible antenna solutions, the company offers unique expertise in project planning and implementation.

As a reference project for its extensive planning, integration and other services, the company will be showcasing the new Çamlica Tower in Istanbul. The 340-metre structure replaces several broadcasting facilities on Çamlica Hill: it will be possible to broadcast more than 160 digital and analog channels from here in future.

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