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Vodafone Deutschland replaces Horizon boxes, moves international packages to IP

Vodafone Deutschland has made its GigaTV Cable Box 2 the standard box across its entire German footprint, replacing the Horizon set-top used across the Unitymedia and Kabel Baden-Württemburg networks it acquired from Liberty Global. Vodafone is rolling out a new standardised set of international channel packages that are distributed over IP rather than via DVB-C […]

Liberty Global partners with Plume for intelligent WiFi rollout in Netherlands and Poland

Liberty Global has rolled out an ‘intelligent WiFi’ update to its Connect box routers in three million homes in the Netherlands and Poland in the form of a ‘free upgrade’. The company says that the upgrade will provide its customers with faster and more stagble connections for devices. The cable giant has partnered with intelligent […]

Virgin Media O2 passes new fibre milestone as competitive landscape heats up

Liberty Global and Telefónica-owned Virgin Media O2 has added one-and-a-half million homes to its gigabit network, enabling it to make the claim that more than half of its footprint can now access ultra-fast broadband speeds. The company has now upgraded its network in locations across the UK, including Bournemouth, Bristol, Northampton, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Wigan and […]

Telenet to make adverts unskippable

Liberty Global-backed Belgian service provider Telenet is to prevent subscribers from skipping adverts on recorded and catch-up shows in a move it says is designed to support local broadcasters. In response to what it described as requests from Belgian broadcasters, Telenet is to force viewers to sit through one minute of unskippable adverts before any […]

Iliad makes bid for UPC Poland

French telco Iliad has made an indicative offer for Liberty Global’s Polish ISP UPC. The telco, which agreed a deal to acquire Polish mobile operator Play for more than €2 billion in late 2020, said that it has made an offer of PLN7.3 billion (€1.6 billion) for 100% of UPC Poland’s shares. The bid, it […]

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, […]

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