Liberty Global

Convergence tales: Com Hem, Liberty Global, Altice

As Tele2 combines with Com Hem and T-Mobile takes over UPC Austria, Stuart Thomson looks at the relative merits of different interpretations of convergence.  The importance of convergence in European service providers’ strategies and as a rationale for M&A appears to be gathering steam. This week saw Swedish mobile player Tele2 and Com Hem agree […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: OTT and cord-cutting not a threat in Europe

OTT TV and cord-cutting is not a significant threat to network-based pay TV operators in Europe, in contrast with the US market, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries said that “Europe is not the US”, being still a “local market” with local national […]

Liberty Global’s Fries confident on direction of regulation in Europe

Liberty Global is not overly concerned about threats to regulate cable in European markets, despite “politicized” moves to regulate in specific markets, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries also played down the threat that the European Electronic Communications Code, currently going through the ‘trilogue’ […]

Liberty Global: a sale in Austria, the Lat Am split off, and the Vodafone question

Stuart Thomson looks at the options facing Liberty Global and Vodafone in an evolving European communications market. Liberty Global has been in the news over the holiday period thanks to two big events – the split-off that created Liberty Latin America as a separate company, and the agreement to sell Liberty Global’s Austrian unit to […]

Liberty Latin America completes split-off

Liberty Latin America has completed its split-off from Liberty Global, establishing it as an independent publicly-traded company. The completion of the previously announced split-off establishes Liberty Latin America a ‘pure play’ independent telecoms company focused on Latin America and the Caribbean with 6.4 million homes passed, serving 5.3 million revenue generating units and 3.7 million […]

T-Mobile Austria buys UPC Austria for €1.9bn

T-Mobile Austria has agreed to buy Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria for an enterprise value of €1.9 billion, in a deal that will transform it from a mobile to a quad-play provider. The agreement, which was announced before Christmas, will see the Deutsche Telekom-owned mobile operator take on incumbent operator A1 Telekom Austria as […]

Liberty Global revamps UPC management with new role for Pascu

Liberty Global is reorganizing the marketing, sales and customer operations of its UPC units into a single entity under Severina Pascu, who has been named as COO of Liberty Global’s Central Europe Group. Under the new structure, Pascu will report to Eric Tveter, CEO for Liberty Global Central Europe Group, which operates under the UPC […]

Fries: Liberty will be ‘buyer or seller’ in markets where it lacks scale

Liberty Global is likely to look at M&A opportunities at a national level primarily but its main focus is its platform and delivering value for shareholders, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Interviewed on stage at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications conference, Fries, asked about the potential for a merger with Vodafone […]

Liberty Global taps SeaChange for next Horizon

Liberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its Adrenalin multi-screen video technology to support the latest version of the cable giant’s Horizon advanced TV service. SeaChange said that Adrenalin would be a ‘key element’ of the Horizon 4 platform. Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers across both broadcast and […]

Liberty Global invests in studio STX

Liberty Global has invested an undisclosed amount in new Hollywood studio STX Entertainment. Liberty Global chief programming officer Bruce Mann will join the STX board. Mann will joint leaders from private equity firms TPG and China-based Hony Capital, as well as Tencent, the Chinese internet giant, PCCW, the global telecommunications provider, and business interests of Gigi Pritzker and Dominic Ng, […]

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