Liberty Global


Liberty Global’s Fries looking to Belgian merger, fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global is hoping part-owned Belgian operator Telenet will take advantage of the renewed sale of Wallonia-region cable operator Voo to create a national-scale player in the country, according to CEO Mike Fries.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference online last week,  Fries said that the acquisition of Voo by […]

SVOD aggregators are too big to ignore for players looking for global scale

Roku shares leapt to an all-time high this week after industry juggernaut John Malone threw his weight behind it, and other tech players, as the future of streaming and content aggregation. Malone had every right to be bullish on all three of Amazon, Roku and Apple, with the trio (potentially along with Google as it […]

Liberty Global wraps up speedy Sunrise acquisition

Liberty Global has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Swiss operator Sunrise. The completed deal is something of a fast turnaround, considering it was announced exactly three months ago. At the time, Liberty said that the combination of Sunrise and its Swiss business UPC would generate revenues of CHF3.1 billion (€2.87 billion) with […]

Virgin Media launches TV 360 platform

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has launched Virgin TV 360, its new pay TV platform to rival Sky Q. The platform is described as ‘the new way to watch Virgin TV,’ and comes with a refreshed user interface along with a voice-control enriched remote. Similar to Sky Q, the platform is based around one primary set-top […]

Virgin Media switches on gigabit broadband in Northern Ireland

Virgin Media has announced the switch-on of gigabit broadband across its entire network in Northern Ireland, giving nearly 400,000 homes the ability to reach average download speeds of 1,104Mbps. The news follows on from a similar switch-on across the border in the Republic of Ireland in August. The Liberty Global-owned operator said that it has […]

Liberty Global: full-steam ahead with O2 and Sunrise mergers

Despite a difficult financial climate, Liberty Global is still bullish on its planned mergers and acquisitions. Announcing its financial results, Liberty Global confirmed that it has been impacted by the pandemic, with revenues down by 1.3% on an organic basis including US$40 million in “low margin Covid-19 related factors.” Adjusted EBITDA also saw a dip […]

Mixed fortunes for telcos in TV in Q3

A clutch of European telcos across Switzerland and the Benelux reported their Q3 numbers this week, with mixed results for their respective TV services. Swisscom has struggled to increase its TV base in what the company regularly describes as a saturated market. The operator did see its TV numbers rise by a modest 0.7% year-on-year, […]

EU close to decision on whether to give UK’s CMA final say on Virgin-O2 merger

  The EU’s antitrust chief is close to a decision on whether Britain will be allowed to rule on the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The £31 billion merger was first announced in May, but has faced hurdles over regulatory responsibilities due to Brexit. The EU initially had until November […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: infrastructure separation could be ‘interesting’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has hinted that the cable giant may look at opportunities to spin off and merge its infrastructure with that of partners to create scale and enable the more efficient build-out of fibre. Speaking on a panel at the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tech Expo Virtual Experience, Fries said that it was “becoming clear […]

Liberty Global passes threshold for Sunrise acquisition

Liberty Global’s Swiss subsidiary UPC Switzerland has secured 82% of the share capital of mobile-focused service provider Sunrise following its public tender offer for the company. The number of Sunrise shares tendered meant that Liberty was able to claim that, subject to confirmation, the minimum acceptance threshold of two thirds of Sunrise’s shares had been […]

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