Chorus NTL in UPC rebrand

Irish cable operator Chorus NTL has rebranded to UPC five years after Liberty Global’s acquisition of the two companies.

The John Malone-owned operator acquired Chorus in 2004 and NTL in 2005 and has rebranded the name to distance itself from previously poor customer service. The company, which has also expanded its call centre in Limerick, will start offering 100Mb Internet broadband services from August and has spent €350m laying new fibre optic cables. It is also considering becoming involved in the country’s digital terrestrial television network. Liberty Global, along with public broadcaster RTE, was offered the contract after talks with the previous consortium collapsed last month.