Unitymedia adds subs, increases revenues

German cable operator Unitymedia added 72,000 RGUs during the second quarter ending June 30, giving it a total of 5.9 million, a 6% year-on-year rise.

Digital penetration increased to 32% during the second quarter, up from 28%, with advanced services subscriptions, consisting of digital cable, internet and telephony, growing by 25% or 565,000 over the previous twelve months to 2.8 million RGUs. During the quarter, 74% of all new internet additions took the Unity3play triple-play package.

Unitymedia’s video subscriber base at June 30 totalled 4.508 million RGUs, consisting of 3.053 million analogue and 1.455 million digital subscribers. Over the previous 12 months, its total video base declined by 1% or 62,000 RGUs. The operator said the decrease in its analogue video customer base was partially offset by adding 190,000 digital video households, of which 41,000 were added in the second quarter.

The operator, which was acquired by Liberty Global in January, reported second quarter cable revenue of €231m, up 3% year-on-year. Cable EBITDA was up 19% to €137m. 

Separately, Unitymedia has added three new digital cable pay-TV channels to its line-up.

The operator will offer Passion, RTL Living and RTL Crime. RTL Living will be part of its Lifestyle package, while RTL Crime will be carried as part of the Family package.