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UPC Telemach begins 100Mbps upgrade

Slovenian cable operator UPC Telemach has begun upgrading its network in order to offer broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. The operator is upgrading its network to EuroDOCSIS 3.0 in several phases, beginning with Ljubljana. It expects to complete the upgrade in autumn.  

YouSee reveals most popular catch-up channels

Danish cable operator YouSee’s StartForfra catch-up TV service, launched in February, has seen a third of all catch-up views taking place between 20:00-22:00, the company has reported. YouSee currently offers access to programmes from 16 channels on the service, of which national channel DR1 accounts for 24% of all views and commercial channel TV2 accounts […]

Ono loses subs but records rise in profits

Spanish cable operator Ono blamed current economic conditions for a 3.2% decline in revenues during the first quarter to €388m, although the company saw a 61% rise in net profits. EBITDA for the quarter was €183m, up 10.4% year-on-year. The operator ended the quarter with 1.845 million customers, down 1.8% year-on-year. ARPU was down €1.30 […]

Be TV ends Belgian pay-TV battle over match rights

Belgian cable pay-TV service Be TV has secured the TV rights to transmit two key football fixtures between leading local teams Anderlecht and Standard Liège at a cost of €1.2m, beating competition from Juliper League rights holder Belgacom TV, according to Belgian daily Le Soir. The two ‘test matches’, to be played tonight and on […]

La Cuatro, La Sexta close to tie-up

Spanish free-to-air channels La Cuatro and La Sexta are close to a tie-up. A deal between the two stations is pending approval of legislation in a Spanish Congress commission to allow mergers between broadcasters, according to Spanish daily La Gaceta. Media group Prisa owns La Cuatro while Mexico’s Grupo Televisa is a key shareholder in […]

Inmarsat chooses Arianespace for Alphasat launch

Inmarsat has contracted Arianespace for the launch of its new Alphasat I-XL satellite, scheduled for launch in 2012. The satellite, built by Astrium, will offer mobile voice and data communications across the EMEA region from 25° East.

Yes helps Bezeq boost profits

Israeli DTH operator Yes increased its subscriber base by 2% year-on-year to 560,000 at the end of March. However, ARPU declined to NIS228 (€40.7m) in the first quarter of 2009 from NIS231 a year earlier. The operator, 29.8% owned by telco Bezeq, narrowed its net loss to NIS1m from NIS66m a year earlier. Operating profit […]

German digital dividend vote postponed

Germany’s Federal Council, the Bundesrat, has postponed a vote that was intended to approve the government’s proposal for redistributing the country’s digital dividend, according to local reports. The delay has reportedly been caused by the disruption that could be caused to the spectrum’s other uses, including TV broadcasting and wireless microphones, if it is used […]

Eutelsat’s W2A enters service

Satellite operator Eutelsat has announced that the W2A satellite has gone into commercial service. The satellite, which was launched on April 3, almost triples the operator’s capacity at the 10º West position, serving Europe and Africa. Last night, services from W1 were transferred to W2A, which will enable full continuity of service for Eutelsat’s clients […]

UPC Austria launches business package

Cable operator UPC Austria has launched a new lower-price package targeting small businesses. Until July 15, businesses can sign up to a flat, fixed-rate telephony and xDSL broadband package for €32 per month. The package includes an internet domain name for the company, WLAN for a wireless network, firewall and networking services. Internal phone calls […]