Liberty Global

Telenet CFO to leave in June

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet’s chief financial officer Birgit Conix is to leave the company at the end of June. Conix, who has served as CFO for five years, is joining tourism group TUI Group. Telenet said it had begun the process of searching for a new CFO. Conix played an important role in […]

Big telecoms and bigger tech: the shape of battles to come

Stuart Thomson looks at the current and future shape of the competitive landscape facing cable and telecom operators in Europe.  European cable’s need for scale was once again high on the news agenda this week, which saw executives gather in Dublin for their annual Cable Congress get-together. Liberty Global chief Mike Fries – not in […]

Cable Congress: greater scale key for European cable

Creating greater scale either through horizontal mergers or by building out networks in greenfield areas remains the number one priority for European cable operators, according to a panel of senior executives at Cable Congress in Dublin. The completion of the integration of Kabel Deutschland into Vodafone had provided huge opportunities for the cable business, enabling […]

Liberty Global to use machine learning to target ad market with Liberty Insights

Liberty Global is going on the offensive against tech giants Google and Facebook by working collaboratively with broadcasters and the veracity and scale of data harvested from its own platforms. “There are lots of fears about how big the threat GAFA [Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon] has become and how regulation doesn’t seem to apply […]

Liberty Global CEO: Convergent Europe trending towards ‘national champions’

Europe is trending towards “national champions” as convergence creates two or three service provider leaders in each market, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Deutsche Bank’s Annual Media, Telecoms and Business Services Conference, Fries said that it was Liberty’s goal to either be one of these ‘national champions’ or to enable one […]

Liberty Global taps Benu Networks for IPv6 migration

Liberty Global is tapping virtual network specialist Benu Networks to provide technology to enable it to transition its broadband user base to IPv6. The international cable operator is using Benu Networks’ IPv6 Dual-Stack DS-Lite solution, based on its Virtual Service Edge platform to move to IPv6 without having a negative impact on existing subscribers’ use […]

Fries: Liberty Global will not ‘dismantle’ European business

Liberty Global has no intention of “dismantling” its European business and remains committed to growing its business in markets where it can achieve national scale, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after the company reported mixed Q4 results, Fries said that Liberty remained committed to its core European markets. The cable […]

New CEO for UPC Poland

Robert Redeleanu is to take over from Frans-Willem de Kloet as CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland. Redeleanu, who is currently CEO of UPC Hungary and Romania, will replace De Kloet, who is leaving the company, on April 1. Redeleanu has served as CEO of UPC Romania since 2013, taking responsibility for the Hungarian operation […]

Virgin Media boosts Liberty Global in mixed quarter

Virgin Media’s performance helped Liberty Global beat analysts’ expectations on revenue growth in the fourth quarter, with the UK cable operator turning in rebased revenue growth of 4.4% thanks in part to the expansion of its footprint. However, Liberty saw slower subscriber growth in a number of markets. Virgin Media built out its network to […]

Liberty Latin America makes first acquisition in Costa Rica

Liberty Latin America has made its first big acquisition since becoming an independent company, acquiring an 80% stake in Costa Rica cable operator Cabletica. The all-cash deal values Televisora de Costa Rica-owned Cabletica at CRC143 billion (€200 million), representing a multiple of 6.3 times the company’s 2017 financial year EBITDA. Televisora will retain a 20% […]

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