Innovation awards for Ziggo and Com Hem

March 13, 2014 15.17 Europe/London By Julian Clover, Cable Congress 2014, Amsterdam

ci-plus-ziggoCable Europe has recognised Ziggo and ComHem’s Emma Svalin Sahlman with awards for innovation and individual achievement.

Ziggo won the Cable Europe Innovation Award, voted for by delegates at this year’s Cable Congress on home soil in Amsterdam.

The cablenet received the award for its Interactive Digital Cable with no STB offer. Last year Ziggo became the first operator in the world to deliver VOD and catch-up TV services to CI Plus 1.3 devices, eliminating the need for a set-top box.

emma-svalin-sahlmaEmma Svalin Sahlman, Head of Product TV at ComHem, was honoured with the Cable Europe Fellow Award in recognition of her work in the implementation of TiVo at the Swedish operator. In accepting the honour, she commented: “Integrating TiVo and building a completely new platform in 18 months doesn’t only require a strong leader but a great team, great management and suppliers supporting us. Now we have the strongest product on the Swedish market.”

Spanish cable operator ONO received a special mention for introducing an innovative management model and online tools especially designed to reduce power consumption and support eco-friendly attitudes and procedures within the company.