The SCTE(TM), the Society for Broadband Professionals, today announced that its sixth Balkan Broadband conference and exhibition, which took place at the Holiday Inn, Belgrade, on 2 October, was a success, attracting approximately 250 delegates and 26 exhibitors and sponsors. Supported by the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Balkan Broadband conference and exhibition was hosted by the SCTE in cooperation with PUKOS, the Business Association of Cable Operators of Serbia. Following the end of the event, PUKOS hosted its Annual General Meeting for members at the same venue.
The conference and exhibition was free to attend for all professionals working in the broadband industry. Attendees had access to top-level keynote presentations and technology demonstrations. Opening keynote presentations about the current broadband and cable environment in Serbia were delivered by the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications and Andrija Bednarik, President, PUKOS.
"Cable distribution subscribers in Serbia numbered 1,552,000 in 2013," said Bednarik in his speech to delegates. "CATV operators invest substantial resources into digital CATV technologies, so it is realistic to expect constant and intensive growth of investment in this area. The Internet market in Serbia is constantly expanding. The total number of broadband connections in 2013 was almost 1.4 million, excluding 3G network subscribers, while the increase of revenues in 2013 compared to 2012 was around 20 per cent."
Additional keynote presentations were given by Dr. Aleksandra Gagic, Head of Unit for Cable Access Network Planning and Development at Telekom Srbija, and Goran Poposki, President of the South East Europe Broadband Council (SEEBC) and CEO of ASI. Jeremy Lang, Head of Commercial Section, British Embassy, Belgrade discussed "The Development of Cable Networks in Serbia" whilst Premton Bogaj of Technetix presented on "The Impact of LTE on the In-Home Installation". The presentation portion of the event concluded with ATEME's outlook on "HEVC and UHDTV - New Compression Technology".
"The SCTE has developed a strong presence in the Balkans and has a long history of providing quality training, networking events and lectures in the region," said Dr. Roger Blakeway, President, SCTE. "We would particularly like to thank the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications, PUKOS, the British Embassy, Telekom Srbija and all of our sponsors and exhibitors, as well as those who visited the event, for their support."
The full conference programme, presentations and images from the event are available for download. Furthermore, a full list of the event sponsors can be viewed on the SCTE website along with the event catalogue. To register interest in attending, exhibiting, speaking or sponsoring next year's Balkan Broadband conference and exhibition, please visit the SCTE online at http://bit.ly/1thh9oE.
Additional information is available at www.theSCTE.eu.