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PŸUR moves forward with digital switchover plan

German cable operator PŸUR, also known as Tele Columbus, has now fully digitised its networks in Bavaria, Saxony and Bremen, covering 900,000 homes.

Tele Columbus HQ

PŸUR said that it had now completed the first phase of its digital switchover plan, with analogue services now no longer available on its networks in the three federal states.

Digitisation of PŸUR’s networks in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein will follow in January, with North-Rhine Westphalia and Hamburg to follow in February. The digitisation of the operator’s networks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin and Brandenburg will be carried out in March, with Saxony-Anhalt to follow in April.

Networks in the remaining federal sates will be completed over the summer, with exact dates to published no later than three months before the switchover date.

PŸUR said it has so far sent letters to 1.2 million direct customers and customers via housing association agreements to explain the process. The company said that over 90% of its customers already use digital TV services.

CTO Dietmar Pöltl said that the process of converting headend infrastructure had gone smoothly, with no interruption to phone or broadband services.