Pay TV Operators


Movistar+ adds women’s football to #Vamos line-up

Telefónica’s pay TV platform Movistar+ has secured the rights to top tier Spanish women’s football in the form of La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina. From tomorrow, Movistar+ will air gams from La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina live on its #Vamos channel, kicking off with a match between […]

Orange rules out any interest in Euskaltel

Orange has ruled out acquiring regional Spanish cable operator Euskaltel in whole or in part, leading to an immediate fall in the share price of the latter. Orange told Bloomberg that it had ruled out any type of transaction with Euskaltel, ending speculation that the company was looking to consolidate the regional player to extend […]

Swisscom grows TV and bundled base

Swisscom grew its TV base by 3.5%, or 52,000 customers year-on-year in the final quarter of last year, taking its TV total to 1.52 million. The Swiss telco also grew its fixed-line broadband base by 0.9%, or 19,000 customers, to 1.52 million. Swisscom said that fixed line phone customers numbered 1.64 million at the end […]

Sunrise confirms it is in talks to buy UPC Switzerland

Swiss telecom provider Sunrise has confirmed that it is in talks with Liberty Global over a possible acquisition of UPC Switzerland, following press reports. “Sunrise confirms it is in discussions with Liberty Global regarding a possible acquisition of UPC Schweiz,” the telco said, adding that it would only pursue a transaction “that is strategically compelling […]

Virgin Media teams with Arris to trial 8.5Gbps broadband

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has teamed up with technology specialist Arris to launch an 8.5Gbps symmetrical broadband trial in Papworth, Cambridgeshire. The six-month trial to 50 homes in the town uses an existing fibre-to-the-premises connection, with data transferred using Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology. Virgin Media’s trial uses its existing fibre network in the […]

Telia to launch Finnish eSports league

Nordic telco Telia has teamed up with Finnish digital culture and events outfit Assembly to launch a new Finnish eSports league, the Telia Esports Series. The league will kick off in the spring. Telia will build and run the series in collaboration with Assembly, in which it become the major shareholder last summer. Qualifiers will […]

TIM auditors board rebuffs Vivendi shareholder meeting move

Telecom Italia’s (TIM) board of statutory auditors has rebuffed Vivendi’s call for a shareholders’ meeting this month to discuss its call for the ejection of board members supported by hedge fund Elliott Management and the appointment of new auditors. Vivendi triggered a request for a meeting of the telco’s shareholders in December, following the dismissal […]

Sunrise reportedly in advanced talks to buy UPC Switzerland

Swiss mobile telco Sunrise is in advanced talks to acquire Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland, according to the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources. According to the FT, the talks are still at a stage where they could fail. A sale of Liberty Global’s Swiss unit would mark a fresh step towards a potential exit […]

Malta’s Melita hires former Telecom Italia chief to launch service in Italy

Maltese cable operator Melita is to provide broadband services in Italy over the Open Fiber wholesale network and has hired former Telecom Talia CEO Riccardo Ruggiero to head up its efforts in the country. Melita Italia will kick off its high-speed broadband offering in April, using the Open Fiber network to provide services in Catania, […]

Altice Europe ‘planning sale of stake in Portuguese network’

Altice Europe is planning to sell a stake in its Portuguese high-speed fibre network following a similar sale in France, according to Reuters. According to the news agency, citing unnamed sources, an auction process is expected to be launched within two weeks. Reuters reports that Altice Europe has hired investment bank Lazard to advise on […]