CableLabs absorbs Cable Europe Labs technology consortium

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CableLabs said Tuesday that it recruited 14 international cable operators, including nine operators in Europe that had been members of the Cable Europe consortium. A spokeswoman said Cable Labs Europe "is becoming part of CableLabs."

It's a major expansion for CableLabs, whose largest international member has been John Malone's Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA). The consortium said the nine European operators that have joined its research and development consortium are Sweden's Com Hem, Norway's Get, Germany's Kabel Deutschland and Tele Columbus, Austria's LIWEST, Spain's Ono, Denmark's YouSee, Portugal's ZON and Dutch operator Ziggo.

The move comes more than two years after CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs announced that they signed a memorandum understanding to collaborate on technical initiatives.

"The transition of Cable Europe Labs activities to CableLabs opens doors for cable and technology stakeholders globally," Liberty Global CEO and CableLabs board member Mike Fries said in a prepared statement.

CableLabs said several cable operators in Asia and Latin America have also joined the consortium, including Japan's J:COM, Indonesia's PT Link Net, Argentina's Cablevisión and China's Topway and WASU.

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