Alexander Kurz

Regional Sales Director

Alexander Kurz serves as the Central and Eastern European Regional Sales Manager for GatesAir, one of the world’s oldest and largest electronics manufacturers for over-the-air radio and television broadcasters. In operation for nearly 100 years, GatesAir leads the industry in technology innovation and design breakthroughs, improving transmitter efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership for customers in more than 185 countries.

Kurz works closely with the broader EMEA sales and business development team to increase market share and raise brand awareness in the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. He also covers most Eastern European countries and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries south and east to the Ukrainian and Russian borders. In addition to sales and dealer management, Kurz supports regional roadshows, customer visits and partner training sessions.

As a seasoned and accomplished veteran of the broadcast media and telecommunications industry, Kurz brings more than 20 years of experience to this role, with extensive expertise guiding customers through digital TV transitions. He joined GatesAir from NeuLion, where he helped over-the-air broadcasters and PayTV providers distribute and monetize OTT content to complement existing TV services. Kurz also has more than 15 years of experience in the test and measurement field with IneoQuest and Tektronix, where he regularly supplied customized quality assurance solutions for DTV headend and transmission systems. Kurz has an engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He currently resides in Vienna.

Modern Broadcast Transmitter Architecture

A brief overview of a broadcast transmitter architecture, designed for high on-air reliability and serviceability.

Andreas Halbwachs

Solution Architect
Rohde & Schwarz

With over 10 years of experience in the TV market, Andreas Halbwachs started into the field as a broadcast engineer at the largest Austrian private broadcaster, ATV.

The first responsibilities at the beginning were mainly implementing new Hard and Software into the facility. The major challenges by this time have been the shift from a tape-based workflow to a digital one.

2016 ATV decided to release an own OTT platform for all broadcasted channels. As a technical project manager, the main tasks were selecting, setting up and extensive testing of different wrappers, codecs and quality levels. Coordinating the player implementation as well as verifying the CDN respectively the final delivered video quality to the customer was also part of the task.

After 2017 ATV was acquired by Puls4 (Pro 7 Sat1 group, Germany), a new opportunity for intensifying the streaming knowledge opened at the System Integrator Centron-ETAS Austria. As a project manager for building up film studios at broadcasters, press agencies and non-traditional customers like newspaper publishers or several big industry manufacturers, the main focus in this project is always laid on distributing the produced content in a cost efficient and scalable way. The main challenge again was to verify the delivered quality to the end customer.

Since October 2018, Mr. Halbwachs started at Rohde & Schwarz as a Solution Architect for File Based Media Solutions, content distribution over the public Internet and Monitoring. The supervised regions including Eastern Europe as well as the ACIS region.

Quality monitoring in the Distribution Network

Distribution of content nowadays is always linked to OTT. While the efficiency of encoders is growing constantly, the content owner still needs to ensure to deliver the best possible result to the final end user.
Assuring to deliver the best class content to the customer can only been done via monitoring. But how is it possible to ensure this in a complex environment?

Andrei Gurianov

Field Operations Manager, CEE&CIS
AWS Elemental

Andrei has been in telecom and TV industry for over 19 years. He worked as a Sales Director at the Canadian company Espial Group and was Chief of IP Technology Department and Executive Director at Russian SIs. In his current role, he is Sales and BD leader of AWS Elemental in the CEE&CIS region.

Launch of Viewer-Oriented Video Workflows

Service providers’ success relies on a rich viewer experience, while the latter relies on analytics.

Attila Pester

Sales Director

Attila Pester has received B.Sc. degree (Engineering manager) from Budapesti Műszaki Főiskola, the M.Sc. degree (Economist Specialized in Business Development) from Óbuda University, Keleti Károly Faculty of Economy. He has worked in various positions at Hungarian system integrator called HFC Technics Kft. since its foundation and gathered over ten years of experience in field of broadband technology. He has knowledge of CATV, DVB, IPTV/OTT, and triple-play, HFC, VSAT networks and data (IP, DOCSIS, PON) services on different access architectures. He has carried out several huge telecommunication and CATV projects in Hungary and neighbouring countries.

In 2013, he has joined Finish Teleste Corporation which is an international technology group that develops and offers video and broadband technologies and related services. His position is Sales Director in CEE region and currently he is leading sales and business development and also sales operation in entire CEE & SEE (including Turkey) region as well as managing VAR and hospitality sales channels in over 17 countries and being KAM of direct accounts and major broadband and telco operators in CEE countries.

Next generation head-end technologies from Teleste Corporation

The Finnish Teleste Corporation has been developing and manufacturing head-ends for 30 years. They were market leader in analogue, digital times and currently they are offering state of the art next generation IP centric head-ends with encoding and transcoder functionalities. In the presentation, they are showing the brief introduction of Luminato and Optimo head-end platforms focusing on latest developments like IP multiplexing, dense QAMs and multi-standard receiver functions, FEC, EGP insertion as well as its different applications.

Balázs Jansik

Strategy Expert
Antenna Hungária

Balázs Jansik strategy expert Balázs has more than 10 years experience in the Hungarian telecommunication sector, working in the fields of business development and strategy. He joined Antenna Hungária in 2016 and is responsible for developing strategies for different activities of the company, of which he focuses more deeply on Internet of Things. Before Antenna Hungária, Balázs worked at Magyar Telekom on developing new business areas for the company by launching different kinds of new services.

IoT: a great business opportunity for broadcasting companies

A brief summary about the strategic background and some implementation experiences of the IoT activity of Antenna Hungária.

Christian Barte

IFUA Horváth & Partners

Christian Barte is a Principal at the management consulting firm Horváth & Partners. He advises clients from a broad range of industries in strategic finance, business controlling, operational excellence, digitalization, automation, IoT, business intelligence and analytics. He actively contributes to the development of new Artificial Intelligence applications in the area of Natural Language Understanding and Predictive Analytics at Horváth’s Steering Lab.

Before joining Horváth & Partners he worked in senior management positions at Orange Business Services (Head of Business Profitability Analytics), Detecon Management Consulting (Partner and Head of Performance Engineering), AT&T Global Business (Finance Project Manager).

Christian is a frequent guest speaker at the Charted Financial Analyst Chapter in Moscow on topics of Robotics, Digitalization and Finance.

Christian obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration from Kellogg’s Northwestern University, a Diplombetriebswirt (FH) degree in Foreign Commerce from the University of Applied Sciences of Pforzheim and a Maîtrise from the Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieure in Paris. 

Business challenges and pain points with IoT projects

In their presentation, they will highlight what are the main reasons why an IoT project can be challenging within the organizations. We will discuss this field in detail, from scoping & goal setting, through pilots or even the cooperation issues between IT and business areas touching technical issues. They will introduce our integrated end-to-end approach, which helps companies to utilize the most from their IoT projects and have a clear way of organic development of IoT solutions within the organization. What is needed for it is a holistic view from a well-defined use case towards an integrated implementation with immediate business benefits reached with near-time analytics of raw data.

Chris Dziadul

Broadband TV News

Chris Dziadul is a founder and owner of Broadband TV News. He has covered the Central and East European TV industry since 1990, as well as organised, presented and moderated at numerous conferences in the region. Prior to setting up Broadband TV News, Chris worked for several publishing companies including the FT, Screen Digest, 21st Century Publishing and Informa.

Darren Plant

Channel Partner Director EMEA

Darren Plant joined the MediaKind as part of Ericsson, and formerly Tandberg Television, which he joined in 1999.  Darren is a member of the Broadcasters and Channel Partners sales team in Southampton, UK, responsible for Channel partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and with sales responsibility for broadcasters in Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Broadcast Headend Evolution – The shift from hardware to software based headends; the challenges of migration for broadcasters

In his presentation, Mr. Plant will be outlining how Broadcast headends are evolving at webspeed.

Dr. Gábor Mándi

Corporate Governance Director, Deputy CEO
Antenna Hungária

Dr. Gábor Mándi has been Antenna Hungária’s Corporate Governance Director and Deputy CEO since 2018. He has joined Antenna Hungária in 2006 as lawyer, has been Head of the Legal department between 2013-2016, as well as the Head of Corporate Governance (legal, regulatory, HR, procurement). Previously, he has worked as a lawyer at the International law department, in the Ministry of Defence. He is a qualified lawyer and a member of the Hungarian Bar from 2000.

Key challenges of the broadcast industry

Gábor Solti

Senior Project Manager
IFUA Horváth & Partners

Gábor Solti is a Senior Project Manager at the management consulting firm IFUA Horváth & Partners. He advises clients mainly in the Telecommunication sector in strategic finance, business controlling, IoT, digitalization, robotics, business intelligence and analytics.

He actively contributes to the development of new cooperations in the field of IoT with telco partners, responsible for end to end IoT product development within the company. He leads IoT projects in several industries.

Gábor obtained Master of Business Administration from Corvinus University of Budapest, he is a Certified Management Accountant (Institute of Management Accountants) and Certified Management Consultant (ICMCI).

Business challenges and pain points with IoT projects

In their presentation, they will highlight what are the main reasons why an IoT project can be challenging within the organizations. We will discuss this field in detail, from scoping & goal setting, through pilots or even the cooperation issues between IT and business areas touching technical issues. They will introduce our integrated end-to-end approach, which helps companies to utilize the most from their IoT projects and have a clear way of organic development of IoT solutions within the organization. What is needed for it is a holistic view from a well-defined use case towards an integrated implementation with immediate business benefits reached with near-time analytics of raw data.

Gergő Horváth

PR & Field Marketing Manager
Nissan CEE

Gergő joined Nissan in June 2015 in the role of PR & Field Marketing Manager and is responsible for developing and executing an integrated, long-term communication strategy. Before joining Nissan, Gergő worked at Vodafone, where he helped to shape the Knowledge Management system in the UK market. Prior to this, Gergő was at Santander Bank, where he led the transformation of the process mapping methodology.

Outline the future of automotive industry

The presentation will cover the importance and role of IoT in the future of automotive industry.

Gyöngyvér Gerlei

Sales Director
Antenna Hungária

Gyöngyvér Gerlei has been the Sales Director of Antenna Hungária since April 1, 2019. Between 2001 and 2015, she worked in the telecommunications sector for 15 years at Invitel Távközlési Zrt. and its predecessor companies: as Deputy CEO of Euroweb (2003-2006), as Partner Channel Manager at Invitel (2006-2008), as Featured Sales Director at Invitel (2009-2012), as Business Customers Sales Director at Invitel (2013-2015). From 2016, she spent 3 years at Canon Hungária Kft. as the sales leader of the Hungarian subsidiary of the company. She also has a Master of Commerce degree from the College of Commerce and Catering.

The future of traditional broadcasting

Johannes von Weyssenhoff

CEO and Founder

Johannes von Weyssenhoff is a broadcast technology specialist and engineer with focus on digital transmission and receivers. Coming from an IT background, he became passionate about DRM in 2001 and joined the German DRM Platform in 2003 after presenting his first self-developed DRM receiver at IFA in Berlin. In 2006, he launched the STARWAVES Carbox – the world’s first DRM capable automotive multi-standard receiver as well as a DRM-DAB capable home entertainment receiver before he moved to South Africa as a technology consultant for the state broadcaster SABC in 2008. From 2015 to 2017, Johannes was working with WECODEC, an NGO based in Johannesburg that also operates a community radio station, and launched Africa’s first VHF DRM trial in the congested FM-Band of Johannesburg and also developed a proof-of-concept DRM receiver for South Africa. Back in Germany, since January 2018, Johannes has been working as the Functional Owner of Radio for the new Daimler Infotainment Systems in Karlsruhe from where he also continues his DRM receiver developments for STARWAVES.

DRM Digital Radio Mondiale – An Introduction and Overview

The first Broadcast Tower was that of a 500kHz Medium Wave transmission over 100 years ago. Will these soon disappear forever? Or have we perhaps overseen an important aspect of broadcasting why they should stay? Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is probably one of the most underestimated technologies of today. Why is it not the World’s Digital Radio standard? We don’t know either. But we may have some answers what this technology is all about and how it could find its place in today’s and tomorrow’s broadcasting landscape.

Julian Studer

Co-Founder CFO/COO

Julian has 10 years experience in the Swiss and international finance and banking industry. With his excellent language skills (fluent in 5 languages) he has developed strong business relations all around the globe and was responsible for all types of investment vehicles for key clients. Julian has a flair for creating and driving business in the right direction. He holds a Master Degree in Economics / Banking Finance.

During his free time, he loves to ride his motorbike through the Swiss Alps, the black forest or on the race track. His other passion is freediving were he can hold his breath for nearly 6 minutes and reach depths of more than 50m!

LoRaWAN as enabler for Nationwide IoT. A Great Opportunity for Telcos Worldwide

The Internet of Things is disrupting every industry sector, however, only in recent years, we are observing its true potential. The exceptional growth of IoT worldwide is partly due to the arising of long-range transmission technologies that made deploying solutions easier and cheaper. With LOROT, we are greatly contributing to the dissemination of IoT, especially in Europe, where our solution connects thousands of sensors enabling a large variety of use cases. 

One of the most successful models is the collaboration with telecommunication and broadcasting companies deploying large scale, nationwide rollouts. Low cost, Independence, Scalability and outstanding data security are key in the process to bring the Internet of Things to as many people and companies as possible, generating new revenue streams and producing a positive impact.

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Sales Director, East-Central Europe, Russia & CIS

Manager with strong customer-interfacing skills, and a diverse technical background with a focus on the CATV and IP networking markets. He is in charge of implementing and managing the sales activities, identify new market opportunities and define the actions required to bring a new dynamic to our business and generate new growth in the East-Central Europe and CIS area.

Dual CAS Vendor Strategy

Build Dual CAS Vendor Business Model with CryptoGuard – reduce TCO and increase portfolio of services.

Lars Backlund

Secretary General
Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE)

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 (the Swedish operator of the TV and Radio terrestrial distribution networks) including international business development, strategic planning and regulatory affairs including responsibilities for liaison with Swedish Government Departments and Swedish National Regulatory Authorities.

Lars Backlund holds 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.

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. Focus is to secure long-term availability of adequate spectrum for the terrestrial broadcast platforms and nurturing the long-term market opportunity for content distribution via the terrestrial broadcast networks.

Beyond the foreseeable future

The keynote will address why it is essential for DTT stakeholders to mobilize and strongly defend the access to spectrum for terrestrial broadcasting in the preparation of and at WRC 23 which represents one of the key policy forums over the next few years which will shape the long-term future of broadcasting in general and the DTT platform, in particular.

Broadcasters are eager to extend reach also to cars, mobile phones and tablets for their content in a free-to-air SIM-free business model, while maintaining access to big screen TV sets. However, can viable regulatory and business models be found for broadcasting services using 5G and mobile technologies. Furthermore, are the mobile or broadcast networks operators at all interested in providing 5G broadcasting services meeting the unique characteristics and the challenges of simplicity, free-to-air services, universal coverage and extreme reliability as provided by the DTT networks. The unanswered question is, however, what role new types of networks might have, combining the strengths of different distribution technologies.

Our strong view is that DTT networks with their unique characteristics will remain as a leading distribution platform well beyond 2030.

Laurent Roul

Director, Product Marketing and Communications
ENENSYS Technologies

Laurent Roul is Director of Product Marketing and Communications at ENENSYS Technologies, a specialist in digital video broadcasting for the broadcasting and telecom industry. Besides managing the communication for the entire ENENSYS group, Laurent is in charge of coordinating the different business lines to define consistent and state-of-the-art products and solutions. He also helps the group in various business development missions.

Previously, Laurent was in charge of the Broadcast Networks product line that ranges from the delivery of digital TV over terrestrial networks (DVB-T/T2, ATSC3.0, ISDB-T/Tb) with safe failover mechanisms up to value added services such as regional content insertion, emergency warning system and more recently targeted ad insertion. The broadcast networks product line represented about 80% of the company turnover; since he leads the product line, the company’s revenues growth over 400%. He holds a number of patents that deals with the optimization as well as the failsafe delivery of digital TV services. He also successfully launched several innovative French funding projects that one of them received an International award.

Prior joining ENENSYS in 2008, Laurent worked as a technical product manager at Thomson. He was in charge of SmartVision service platform for IPTV, Mobile TV, Cable TV and Push VOD markets. He also participated on European collaborative projects (ICT) and the definition of the DVB standards. He started his career on various consultancy missions. He holds an engineering degree in information technology and telecommunications.

Monetize your towers with digital ads to boost your TV revenues

While broadcasters are facing strong competition with digital advertising, TV remains the most powerful medium for brands. It is the only media able to reach in a very short time several millions of individuals simultaneously. It delivers the most profit at the greatest cost-efficiency and for the lowest risk. Every major study into advertising effectiveness agrees that TV outperforms all others. Bringing digital advertising into Digital Terrestrial Television ecosystem is undeniably the perfect marriage to boost TV revenues. Brands can exploit more effectively their TV advertising space while broadcaster can monetize more their towers by measuring precisely targeted ads.

Luis Grela

Managing Director

Telecommunications Engineer, graduated at the Vigo University in Spain and with a previous experience in technical and sales roles at Tandberg TV and Ericsson TV, he has been for the last 8 years driving the international expansion of TRedess, initially as the International Sales Manager and since a year ago as the Managing Director of the company, helping TRedess to become nowadays a key player in the rollout of multiple DTT projects worldwide (18.000 Transmitters in more than 40 countries).

TRedess is a Spanish company specialized in the design and manufacturing of air cooled (LOW and MEDIUM power) Transmitters and Gap Fillers for Digital Terrestrial Television networks. Based on its top quality and high performance solutions, TRedess has collaborated with some of the major DTT network operators worldwide, counting nowadays with more than 18.000 transmitting devices up and running on the field in more than 40 countries (Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Greece, Morocco, South Africa, Mali, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru, amongst many others).

Gap Fillers are key to DTT success: Learnings from several DTT deployments in Europe

In the last decade, many countries have finalised their Digital Switchover or are about to do it, moving from the analogue past into a digital future of new entertainment experiences and global events in HD and Ultra-HD, and also after DSO date, lack of coverage is detected in many locations. Also nowadays, many countries are deeply involved in the 700MHz clearance, what makes the TV network planning much more challenging in a scenario of fewer frequencies available.

At the same time, these DTT operators face the challenges of consumers demanding more and more content with high picture quality and available to the entire population, and all this happening in an environment where the costs need to be optimized to the maximum.

In those scenarios, the Gap Fillers working in SFN (On-Channel repeaters) are the simplest and most cost effective way to extend the coverage of a network and are also the optimum solution to optimize the use of spectrum in the 700MHz clearance process if frequency availability is reduced, and technically, nowadays the latest Gap Filler technology (very advance echo cancellers) allows to install On-channel repeaters in very complex scenarios with very low MER degradation.

We, as TRedess, although nowadays we are key player in the industry not just in the Low, but also in Medium and High Power air cooled transmitters having been already selected for those power ranges by some of the main network operators in Europe based in our top class latest Asymmetric Wide band Doherty amplifier 600W with typical transmitter efficiency of 41%), our origins and our initial specialization in the past has been the field of the Gap Fillers, so in this presentation we aim to describe the advantages as well as the complexities behind the Gap fillers, and help to define the key parameters of a Gap Filler and the Echo canceller as a result of the learnings from the multiple DTT network deployments we have directly participated in, and that could be resumed in around 18.000 devices on the field and presence of our Transmitters and Gap Fillers in more than 40 countries.

Mate Botica


Mate Botica has been the CEO of Transmitters and Communications Ltd. (OIV) since May 2016. Prior to that he had been an executive manager in Vipnet Ltd. (now A1 Ltd.) which was the first Croatian private electronic communications operator.

He graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, telecommunications study programme.

Future of Terrestrial Broadcasting – a view from Croatia

Broadcast Network Operators (BNO) are facing fast and radical changes in the way of video and audio content distribution as well as changes in end users behaviour and modes of consuming that content.

All this is forcing Broadcast Network Operators to constantly adapt and find new business opportunities. This presentation will give an overview of terrestrial broadcasting in Croatia, market conditions, challenges in the near future and some OIV's ideas and ways how to maintain a successful business.

Michael Wagenhofer


Michael Wagenhofer has been Managing Director of Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG (Austrian Broadcasting Services) since its foundation in January 2005.

Michael is Managing Director of the ORS group and is responsible for Finance, Administration, Business Development and Regulatory Aspects. ORS hosts and develops engineering services for distributing radio and television channels via terrestrial transmitter networks, satellite and IP-based Networks.

He graduated in law at the University of Vienna (Austria) and completed postgraduate studies in European economic law. In 1997, he started his career at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) in the department of law and foreign affairs. As an expert in European law, he focussed on contracting as well as on legal issues in telecommunications and broadcasting.

Since 2001, he had been part in developing the national concept of TV-digitization in Austria. In 2004 Michael Wagenhofer became project leader for reorganising ORF’s broadcasting transmission branch, which led to the foundation of ORS. He played a major role in transforming ORS into a market-oriented service provider with its terrestrial, satellite and content via IP business units and the introduction of digital terrestrial television in Austria.

With the creation of the brand simpliTV and the resulting formation of ORS’ subsidiary simpli services, Michael Wagenhofer launched the introduction of the ORS Group into the B2C business in 2013. In 2016, ORS took over the majority of the Video-on-Demand Portal Flimmit. Since September 2016 Michael leads Flimmit’s Management Team as CEO. Michael took part in several national and international professional trainings with focus on business administration and general management.

The Future of Broadcasting in the 5G Era

The Future of Broadcasting in the 5G Era: What are future Use-Cases for Broadcasting Services? What are the Content Distribution-Scenarios 2030 and beyond? Is Enhanced Mobile Broadband going to take it all? What are the implications for Customers and Broadcasters? And what are the regulatory requirements to secure a viable Broadcasting Eco-System in Future?

Patrick Hannon


Patrick Hannon is Vice President Corporate Development at Frontier Smart Technologies, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital radio. He was elected President of WorldDAB in November 2013. His role is to work with policymakers, regulators and industry players (including public and private broadcasters, network operators, device manufacturers, retailers and automotive manufacturers) to ensure that digital radio is successfully rolled out in as many territories as possible. Before joining Frontier Smart Technologies, Patrick was a strategy consultant focused on broadcast and digital media. Previously, he held senior strategy and commercial roles at the BBC and BBC Worldwide.

Safeguarding radio’s future Europe with DAB+ – national rollouts, EU receiver regulation and consumer marketing

The rollout of DAB+ is accelerating across Europe, with the first countries now switching over from FM to DAB+, existing markets expanding DAB+ services, and newer markets launching. European legislation requires that by the end of 2020, all radios in new cars must be capable of receiving and reproducing digital terrestrial radio across all EU countries. In this presentation WorldDAB President, Patrick Hannon, will give an overview of the development of DAB digital radio across Europe, including an update on the application of the EU legislation on receiver interoperability by car manufacturers and by EU national administrations. He will talk about WorldDAB’s ongoing work with the automotive sector to ensure radio’s place in the connected car, provide details about the coordinated EU-wide approach on marketing and promoting of DAB+ to the consumer, and explain how WorldDAB can assist in launching of DAB+.

Pavel Kokoshka

Head of Representative Office in Russia and the Regional Sales Manager

Pavel joined PROGIRA in 2008 and has more than 10 years of experience in the broadcasting industry.  As the Head of PROGIRA’s Representative Office in Russia and the Regional Sales Manager, he is responsible for sales and business development throughout the Asia Pacific, Russia, and CIS countries. He has been instrumental in introducing professional broadcast network planning techniques and tools to multiple network operators and broadcasters in various countries throughout the regions.  Besides, he was also involved in various broadcast technology conferences in Europe. Pavel actively supports clients in the development of digital terrestrial TV and radio networks, as well as digital migrations from analogue.  Pavel is a key member of PROGIRA’s team and contributed to the development of PROGIRA plan for server – a new product launched in 2018 which automates repetitive tasks when planning broadcast networks – by gathering clients’ feedback and understanding their requirements.  He plays a crucial role in communicating clients’ requirements to PROGIRA's product development team.

Before joining PROGIRA, Pavel worked for the Swedish Trade Council in Moscow as a Consultant, and later as a Business Opportunity Project Manager.  He conducted market analysis, managed partners, and offered consultancy to Swedish companies that were starting businesses in Russia. He was engaged in different projects in a wide range of industries, such as IT, telecommunication, oil and gas,  construction, forestry, and pharmacy.

The Importance of Network and Frequency Planning in SFN

The presentation will explore why network and frequency planning is important and the requirements for effective planning with examples.

The presentation focuses on why network and frequency planning are important and the requirements to ensure effective planning, so as to achieve network coverage goals. Besides, they will discuss other advantages to conducting detailed network and frequency analysis and planning. They will also specifically explore how planning is particularly essential when designing and implementing DVB-T2 Single Frequency Networks (SFN). Planning examples from PROGIRA plan, the network planning software, are included in the presentation to illustrate the cases. 

Péter Vári PhD.

Head of Department, Spectrum
National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary

Péter Vári PhD attended Széchenyi István Technical College, from 1987 to 1990, majoring as wireless networking technology engineer. He then graduated from the Budapest University of Technology in 1994 as Electrical Engineer in telecommunications. In 2001, he earned the postgraduate certificate at the Budapest University of Economic Studies as an Engineer-economist. In 2003, he completed the postgraduate course at Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), Budapest as an Engineer-lawyer. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 at Corvinus University of Budapest on the topic of Digital Television and Switchover.

Péter worked as an engineer from 1992 to 1993 for Matáv Rt., the largest telecommunications operator in Hungary. From 1993 to 2004 he worked for Antenna Hungária Rt., the Hungarian Broadcasting and Radio Telecommunications Limited Company, where he started as Head of Unit and worked his way up to become Director of Operational Matters. In 2004-2006, he was Head of Department in the Ministry of Informatics and Communications of Hungary, and in 2006-2008 he was Senior Counsellor of the Government at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office. In 2009, as a project manager, he began to coordinate the digital switchover at Antenna Hungária Rt., and in 2011 he started working in the National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary (NMHH). Currently, as a Deputy Director General of NMHH, he is responsible for the fields of frequency and identifier management, measurement affairs and technology analysis.

He is also senior lecturer of the Department of Telecommunications at Széchenyi István University of Győr and gives courses in the field of radio systems and satellite telecommunications.

Spectrum view

Rainer Vogt

Head of Sales Europe and Middle East Broadcast

Rainer Vogt graduated, in 1995, the University of Applied Sciences, as Engineer, with a major in HF Electrical Engineering and a diploma thesis on DAB-Digital Radio. Rainer has been working for KATHREIN since 2002. He started as Project Manager, in charge of planning (technical) and calculating (financial) broadcast transmitting antenna systems in Germany, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zeeland.

In 2012, he was promoted to Head of Marketing Broadcast. His main responsibilities included developing strategies to promote the company and consolidate the business relationships and partnerships with the key industry players.

Since 2014, Rainer has been the Head of Sales Europe and Middle East Broadcast, being responsible for overseeing all the broadcast sales activities and managing the relevant sales teams. He coordinates the sales teams to achieve the best results possible, supporting the training and development of all members, manages defined accounts, sets revenue targets, identifies key areas for improvement in the sales process and at the same time, tries to create new market opportunities. He attends industry events to generate new business leads, including as a spokesperson for the entire organisation.

Before working in KATHREIN, Rainer worked as Project Manager for Thomson-Broadcast (Nextream), planning (technical) and calculating (financial) the DVB-S playout and ATM systems (Hybnet). He also worked for Swisscom, in Berne (CH), as Project manager and Product manager, within their broadcast department, planning DAB and DVB-T networks and generating business cases and for DAB-Plattform, in Munich (DE), where he would follow up the different regional DAB Projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Changes and new products at Kathrein Broadcast

The presentation introduces the new Kathrein broadcast measuring software, with details about the supported receivers, the operating frequency range and how the results are presented to the user. The speaker will also present to the audience the Kathrein broadcast monitoring system, with information about the necessity of the system, the available components and how it is built. The closing topic regards the transformation of the Kathrein broadcast department into a new company, Kathrein Broadcast GmbH.

Sándor Katona

System Engineer of Telecommunication Networks

Sándor Katona is a System Engineer of Telecommunication Networks with more than 20 years experiences in this area. He started with PSTN networks (ISDN: DSS1, SS7) in 1998, worked with ATM technologies for few years after that and then switched to IMS networks in 2004. He has been working with IoT (Internet of Things) systems in end-to-end scope since 2017. He is participating in IoT system and technology developments in the existing 4G and the coming 5G networks.

Industry Transformation Fuelled by IoT

IoT holds an enormous potential for creating economic gains. The IoT Platform plays a key role in the value chain. The presentation highlights the benefits of the IoT Platform in the end-to-end IoT architecture.

Simon Daniels

Business Development Manager
WorldCast Systems

After a long career as a sound engineer, Simon Daniels has worked in product management for leading audio and broadcast manufacturers including Neve, Fairlight and APT. He is currently Business Development Manager for WorldCast Systems, promoting the Ecreso, Audemat and APT product ranges in Northern, Central and South Eastern Europe.

Using Artificial Intelligence to improve FM Transmitter Efficiency

The presentation will look at the evolution of power efficiency in FM Transmitters before presenting a new approach - using AI in transmitter control as a method of delivering improved power efficiency on current hardware platforms.

Stan Baaijens

DVB Chair PCM & Steering Board CEO
Funke Digital TV

Stan Baaijens is a second-generation owner of Funke Digital TV after following his father’s footsteps by joining the Funke Company almost 40 years ago. Since 1992 his focus laid on understanding consumer needs, the broadcasting industry and the increasing market penetration of digital TV and by doing so Funke Digital TV was able to anticipate future market needs and opportunities. Nowadays, his mission is to build state of the art digital terrestrial reception solutions and deploy these extensively around the world.

In 2017 Funke Digital TV celebrated its 60 years of history; 60 years of an unstoppable drive for innovation in the field of signal reception antennas.

In 2015 Mr. Baaijens was appointed as DVB Steering Board member and since 2018 the new Chairman of the DVB Promotion & Communications Module (PCM) at the EBU in Geneva.

As a Steering Board member, Stan represents CE manufacturers within DVB and will strongly support the interest of CE manufacturers of Digital TV products by making use of his extensive market knowledge and network.

The mandate of the PCM is to ensure the flow of information to all parts of the world concerning DVB activities and specifications. The group, which is open to all Members, meets several times a year to plan DVB's participation in trade shows, workshops and conferences, and to coordinate communication about DVB specifications through various channels.

DVB and Key Media Trends

In his role as the Chairman of the DVB Promotions & Communications Group, Stan Baaijens is constantly searching for Key Media Trends and their effect in the business. In his presentation he will outline the various trends with hot topics such as DTT, HbbTV, DVB-I and 5G and how DVB is anticipating on these developments.

Tibor Auer

Broadcasting expert and area manager

Mr. Auer has been working for NEC as a Broadcasting expert and area manager since 2008. In this capacity, he has been the first point of contact in technical support of broadcasting products and offering international sales support of broadcast related projects.  He is a trainer for Operation and Maintenance, in charge of screening and repair of NEC broadcasting products and offering on-site support in case of special projects or where special interaction or on-site assistance is needed. He has also been supervising on-site installation, commissioning on installed equipment. Before that, he has worked as a Developing Engineer, Microwave products at Teletechnika Ltd. and as an Aviation electrician at Danubian Aircraft Co.

Broadcast technology outlook from TV transmitters to IP based systems

In his presentation, he will speak about current achievements in Broadcasting systems including TV transmitters and high-quality encoders / transmission systems:

  • DVB transmitters and 4k HEVC codecs
  • Terrestrial and Satellite 4k, 8k services
  • Terrestrial 4K broadcasting image for MIMO transmitting system
  • Migration to 4K Broadcasting with LDM Technology
  • NEC approach to IP-based broadcast system

Yan Mostovoy

Director, C&D Solutions
Harmonic Inc.

Yan Mostovoy is Director of Unified Headend Solutions, at Harmonic Inc. Prior to this role, Mostovoy was Director of C&D Solutions, and Director of Broadcast Market Development and Strategy. Before joining Harmonic, Mostovoy was AVP of marketing for contribution and distribution solutions for Scopus Video Networks. At Scopus, Mostovoy previously served as director of product marketing for four years and IRD product marketing manager for three years. Before joining Scopus, he served in the Israeli Air Force as the head of an aircraft electrical design group, ranked major. Mostovoy holds a B.Sc. in electronic engineering and an MBA from Tel -Aviv University. Since 2003, he has made presentations on DVB-S2, DVB-T2 and media processing at conferences including IBC, Broadcast Asia, CSTB, iTVF, Levir’s Fresh Connections, DVB Asia and BES India, and his articles on DVB-S2 have appeared in numerous broadcast industry trade publications.

Unifying Broadcast and OTT with next gen solutions

Yuri Durco

Sales and Product Manager

Yuri Durco graduated in telecom. engineering and is a Sales and Product Manager at SPINNER GmbH since 2011.

700 MHz Clearance – Retuning Filters and Combiners

The presentation shows the challenges involving the 700 MHz clearance and shows the different strategies used in European countries.

Zakaria Alhaddad

Product Manager-RF Solutions

Zakaria (Zak) is Palestinian by origin, but he has mostly lived in Jordan and Canada. After a secondary school in Jordan, he has moved to Canada, where he studied at McMaster University with two Bachelor degrees in Electrical engineering and Management. After graduating, he has joined Evertz as an electro-technical engineer and currently his role is the Product Manager of RF Solutions. Zak conducts and oversees complete R&D of RF-range of products (including RF/L-band over fiber, wide Range of RF metrics, IRDs and Demods, RF Monitoring solutions..etc.). He is based in Burlington, Canada at Evertz’ HQ.

Advanced RF and OTT solutions

Žan Godec

Senior Business Development Manager CEE

Žan Godec joined NAGRA in 2009 and is responsible for Business Development in Central and Eastern Europe where NAGRA is a leader in security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. Žan works closely with NAGRA customers helping them define go to market strategies, deploy new services and business models with the objective to reduce churn and increase ARPU as well as develop loyalty programs. Žan started his career at Cable TV Distribution Company in Slovenia in 1993 expanding the business internationally. The company supported many of today’s largest international service providers in the region from the very start of their operations.

OTT Piracy: How can technology fight the threat?

TV and video are converging into a paid-for-content industry. Yet content piracy is also growing in parallel at an alarming rate. What can be done about the threat specifically in Eastern European markets and how can technology play a key role in combatting it? The session will explore key challenges in the fight against piracy - for both pay-TV service providers and content owners, what is currently being done to combat it and how NAGRA’s latest technology and anti-piracy solutions can help pay-TV service providers be successful and secure their business model.

Zsolt Sárecz

Antenna Hungária

Zsolt Sárecz has been the CEO of Antenna Hungária since September 1, 2018. Prior to that, between 1996 and 2011, he held various managerial positions at Invitel Távközlési Zrt. (formerly known as Vivendi Telecom), and then, between 1996 and 2001, he was the Director of Finance, then DCFO and DCOO). Between 2011 and 2014, he worked as the CEO of Dataneum Zrt., then he worked as Executive Director of Monarte Kft., an investment company. From 2016 until the appointment to the position of CEO at Antenna Hungária, he was the CEO of Grid CEE Zrt.

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