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Cable in play: Liberty Global in Germany and Switzerland

Switzerland’s competition regulator this week launched an in-depth probe into Liberty Global’s proposed sale of its local operation to alternative telco Sunrise Communications, the latest fly in the ointment of Liberty’s plans to divest much of its business in Europe. Swiss regulator COMCO now has four months to complete its phase II probe after an […]

Swiss regulator launches in-depth probe of Liberty Global-Sunrise deal

Switzerland’s competition watchdog is to launch an in-depth examination of telecom operator Sunrise’s planned acquisition of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global. Sunrise said the announcement of the detailed probe of the deal by COMCO/WEKO was in “in line with [its] expectation”. COMCO said that its preliminary look at the deal had revealed some indications that […]

Sunrise optimistic on completing Liberty Global deal in Q4

Swiss service provider Sunrise says it has been “broadly supported” its acquisition of Liberty Global’s Swiss unit by investors and expects the deal to be closed in the fourth Quarter following a final regulatory approval. Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee has already said he believed the deal could win shareholder approval despite resistance from the company’s […]

Fries: Liberty Global ‘never so well positioned’ to create value

Liberty Global has never been “so well positioned to create value for shareholders” despite the challenges it faces, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking after the company released modest Q1 results, Fries said that the cable giant was “on the verge of completing a series of transactions that will leave us with a more concentrated […]

Vodafone moves to secure green light for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone Deutschland has struck a cable wholesale agreement with Telefónica Deutschland in a move designed ensure that the EC gives approval to cable giant Liberty Global’s sale of its Germany business to the operator. Vodafone has submitted a remedy package comprising the cable wholesale agreement and a commitment to ensure sufficient capacity is available for […]

Liberty Global turns in modestly positive quarter

CEO Mike Fries hailed UK operation Virgin Media’s ability to deliver “improved subscriber trends” and its “compelling new fixed-mobile convergence bundles”, despite pressure on cable service ARPU in the market.  He said that the company’s Swiss operation, the sale of which is now under review by the Swiss Competition Authority, was producing “emerging green shoots” […]

Telenet gets lift from fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet’s operational performance in the first quarter was boosted by solid take up of its fixed-mobile convergence bundles, although revenue and like-for-like EBITDA were broadly flat year-on-year. Telenet saw take up of its Wigo and Yugo bundles increase by 29,400 to 429,000 during the quarter, the company’s best result since […]

VodafoneZiggo to switch off analogue in Utrecht

Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo is to switch off its analogue cable service in Utrecht at the beginning of July, the latest phase in the company’s digital migration strategy following switchovers in Capelle aan den IJssel, Flevoland, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Gelderland. The Utrecht switchover will take place on the night of […]

Telenet CIO Lloyd to leave company

Samantha Lloyd, chief information officer of Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is to leave the company at the end of July. Lloyd will take on the role of chief data and information officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet said it will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, Telenet created a […]

EC reportedly set to warn Vodafone on Liberty Global deal

The EC is about the issue a warning to Vodafone about potentially anti-competitive effects of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets, according to a Reuters report. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that the EC will issue a statement of objectives including a warning about its concerns ahead of the June 3 […]