Liberty Global


Vodafone: Liberty Global deal is a ‘decisive shift’ for the company

The acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets will make the telco “Europe’s largest owner of Gigabit next-generation network infrastructure” and “decisively shift the group’s mix in Europe to growing fixed and converged services, which will represent almost half of our consumer revenues going forwards”, according to Nick Read, the company’s CEO. Speaking […]

Virgin Media unveils national Gigabit broadband rollout

Virgin Media has unveiled plans to roll out Gigabit internet speeds to close to 15 million homes across the UK over the next two years as part of what it describes as its ‘Gigabit Britain’ plan. The Liberty Global-owned operator said that it would introduce service in cities across its national network later in the […]

EC gives green light to Liberty Global-Vodafone deal

The European Commission has given a green light to Liberty Global’s sale of its German and central European operations to Vodafone. The €19 billion deal is now expected to close on July 31. Liberty Global said that all regulatory conditions had now been met in alignment with the original terms of the deal. The sale […]

Virgin Media to offer UHD sports, movies and boxsets from Sky in new deal

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has struck a new multi-year partnership with pay TV operator Sky, enabling viewers to have access to Sky channels including Sky Cinema and Sky Sports as well as making Sky’s UHD TV content, including sport and movies, available to its customers. Sky’sline up of entertainment, cinema and sports channels will continue […]

Virgin Media beats rivals to air Wimbledon tennis in 4K UHD and HDR

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is to air the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD and HDR for the first time. Virgin Media subscribers equipped with a Virgin TV V6 set-top box will be able to view 4K HDR coverage of the competition from July 1 via the BBC iPlayer app on the box. While BBC […]

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 […]