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Netgem launches in Ireland with Pure Telecom

Cord-cutting OTT provider Netgem TV has announced an expansion into Ireland in a deal with ISP Pure Telecom.

The companies recently launched a 3-month free offer plan to existing customers, but this is being expanded following its successful trial.

This will see customers able to sign up for a bundle of broadband and pay TV for €43 – with Netgem pointing out that comparable offers from Virgin Media, Sky and Eir start at around €60.

Subscribers will have access to more than 50,000 hours of content, including live TV from Saorview channels, Channel 4 catchup app All4, YouTube and YouTube Kids. The platform also offers access to Amazon Prime video, Hopster, Mubi, Rakuten TV.

Sylvain Thevenot, chief commercial and customer officer at Netgem, said: “Pure Telecom is a really strong local player in an Irish broadband market that is heating up rapidly. We are delighted to be working with them to reach new audiences in Ireland and showcase how quickly and easily ISPs can launch compelling TV services via Netgem with a low overall investment.”

Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom said: “Our research shows that online viewership is now a huge market in Ireland – and even more so in the last few months. As more TV and streaming providers enter the market, each of them producing more and more original content, consumers are demanding greater choice. We are very excited that we can now give this to our customers by entering Ireland’s triple-play market with Netgem and as a result, continue along our year-on-year growth trajectory.

“At Pure Telecom, top-quality customer service along with extremely competitive prices have always been our priority. We are delighted to be partnering with Netgem to provide a genuine alternative for Irish viewers seeking both broadband and TV.”

This announcement came in the wake of the news that Netgem has acquired French fibre operator Comcable.

Comcable operates on public initiative networks and has 3,500 subscribers. The takeover will be carried out via Netgem’s French subsidiary, with Netgem providing them with access to its VIDEOFUTUR products including the myVIDEOFUTUR streaming service and the company’s 4K Box.