Matthias Kurth to join Cable Europe
Jörn Krieger | 23-10-2012
Matthias Kurth, the former President of the German federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur, will join European cable association Cable Europe as executive chairman.
As the head of the German authority for telecommunications, postal, energy and railway markets, Kurth played an instrumental role in the liberalisation of the German energy market and in handling competition in the telecommunications market. He also served as Chairman of the European Regulators Group in 2009 to increase regulatory cooperation at the EU level.
"It is a true testimony to the growing maturity of our organisation that an executive of Matthias' calibre has agreed to join forces with us. His unique experience and high level insight will be invaluable for our growing sector," said Cable Europe President Manuel Kohnstamm.
"Matthias brings extraordinary oversight of our sector given his experience in helping to drive Germany’s broadband take-up, running Europe's first spectrum auctions for mobile broadband and serving as the chair of the European Regulators Group at a time of crucial regulatory reform in European telecoms", Kohnstamm added.
Kurth explained: "The substantial contribution of the cable industry for high-speed broadband connections in Europe is an enormous success. I'm glad to join a sector which has practically proven that efficient private investment, better quality of service and fair prices for consumers can be achieved simultaneously."
Kohnstamm who was recently appointed Chief Policy Officer at Liberty Global will continue his current supervisory mandate as President of Cable Europe together with Vice-President Manuel Cubero, Chief Operating Officer of Kabel Deutschland.