Liberty Global

With its green light, the joint O2-Virgin Media has scale and scope to rival BT

A full year after it was first announced, the merger of Virgin Media and O2 has been approved by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The 50:50 merger between Liberty Global and Telefónica’s respective fixed-line and mobile operators was first announced in May 2020. It values O2 at £12.7 billion and Liberty’s Virgin Media at […]

Liberty Global heads for the edge with Digital Colony JV

Liberty Global has partnered with digital infrastructure investment outfit Digital Colony to create a new European edge data centre business, AtlasEdge Data centres. AtlasEdge will deliver services via a network of facilities located close to the edge of the network to serve growing demand from cloud providers, streaming services and enterprises for facilities through which […]

O2-Virgin Media merger given formal approval, expected to close June 1

The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has formally approved the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global’s Virgin Media. The merger, which was first announced in May 2020, promises to create a major UK competitor to BT which can compete across both mobile and fixed-line telecommunications. The deal values O2 at £12.7 billion […]

Liberty Global mulling options for fibre build-out

Liberty Global is “gearing up” to present options to potential strategic partners for a planned fibre build out in new areas not covered by its Project Lightning build, and is considering providing wholesale access to that network to third parties, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after the company presented its latest quarterly […]

Liberty Global boosted by fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global saw strong momentum for fixed-mobile convergence in the quarter to March, with a 3% improvement in its FMC penetration rate. The company gained 38,000 customer relationships over the period, up from a loss of 19,000 for the prior year, again attributed to FMC. The bulk of adds came from the UK and Ireland, […]

Telenet focuses on FMC as TV and triple-play numbers dip

Liberty Global-backed Belgian service provider Telenet has posted mixed Q1 results, with growth in its fixed-mobile convergence base and stable revenues offset by declines in its TV subscriber base and triple-play offering. Telenet saw its TV base decline by 3% in the year to March to 1.799 million, fuelled b a 25% drop in basic […]

Liberty Global trialling Distributed Access Architecture with Teleste

Liberty Global is to trial broadband technology specialist Teleste’s Distributed Access Architecture tech to support its GIGAbit network. Already used successfully in Coventry and Warrington in the UK, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) is now being rolled out in Baguley in the UK. DAA, which represents a new way of configuring DOCSIS networks, is being trialled […]

UK watchdog clears O2-Virgin Media merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets authority (CMA) has given the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media a provisional green light. The watchdog said that the £31 billion merger first announced in May 2020 “is unlikely to lead to any substantial lessening of competition in relation to the supply of wholesale services.” […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

Eleven Sports acquires US AVOD specialist Team Whistle

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired US-based sports AVOD specialist Team Whistle in a move that expands its operations to North America. The deal is subject to antitrust regulatory approval.  Eleven said that the acquisition will bring together its 150-plus commercial partners, 20 million-plus users and 30,000 hours of live sport annually with Team Whistle’s […]

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