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Poland’s Netia sees TV base grow

Polish telecom operator Netia’s TV base grew by 18% year-on-year to reach 152,000 by the end of June, meaning that 37% of the company’s broadband base use its TV service. Netia said that it had prioritized growth of the TV base through selling TV services to new customers this year, either via its up-to-date next-generation […]

Netia sees uptake of TV grow amidst mixed results

Polish fixed-line operator Netia saw revenue and revenue-generating units fall slightly year-on-year for the first half of 2014, but delivered profitablity on the basis of better results on its own network. The company said that 35% of customers on its own network now took services bundled with TV. Revenue for the second quarter amounted to […]

Netia buys network from UPC Polska

Polish IPTV service provider Netia has signed a deal with UPC Polska to buy a part of the former Aster cable operator’s network.  The deal will see Netia take network capacity in Warsaw and Krakow. UPC agreed to buy Aster in 2011 and as part of the approval the President of the Office of Competition […]

Liberty Global posts increased revenues and full-year loss

European cable giant Liberty Global increased revenues by US$1billion (€750 million) last year, posting a total of US$9.5 billion for the full year compared with US$8.4 for the previous year. The company posted a loss of US$772.7 million, compared to a profit of US$388.2 million in 2010 when it benefited from the sale of its […]

Polish authorities fine UPC over Aster deal

The Polish competition authority UOKIK has levied a PLN775,000 (€184,000) fine on cable company UPC after concluding that it provided it with inaccurate information relating to its acquisition of smaller MSO Aster last year. The competition body said that information suggesting the Aster deal would impact the cable market at a local level had not […]

Inea launches movie VOD service

Polish cable operator Inea has launched a new movie VOD service. The platform will offer 20 movies at any one time at a cost of PLN14.80 (€3.50) per month. New titles will be added every 1-2 weeks. The operator said it would offer about 100 movies in total during the year.

UPC ups Aster broadband speeds



Aster’s new owner UPC is increasing the Polish cable operator’s broadband speeds. As part of the ongoing integration of Aster and UPC, the lowest broadband speed on Aster’s network will increase to 5Mbps from 0.5Mbps. The maximum speed will increase to 120Mbps from 60Mbps. The increases will be introduced gradually until the end of February. […]

Liberty Global completes Aster acquisition

Liberty Global has completed the acquisition of Polish cable operator Aster, which has been merged with UPC Poland. UPC will respect all existing Aster customer contracts. Aster customers in areas where UPC networks are also available will be able to sign up for UPC services. The merger gives UPC Poland a base of 1.5 million […]

UPC Poland finalises Aster acquisition

Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland has finalised the acquisition of Poland’s fourth largest cable operator Aster. The move follows regulator approval for the deal by regulator UOKiK, conditional on Liberty Global selling some assets in areas where the two providers’ networks overlap. UPC said the deal marked the beginning of the process of consolidating the Polish […]

Aster sale goes ahead but Liberty must sell assets

Poland’s antitrust regulator has approved Liberty Global’s acquisition of Polish cable operator Aster. However, UOKiK said it was conditional on Liberty Global, which operates under the UPC Polska brand in Poland, selling areas of the network that overlap in Warsaw and Krakow. UOKiK said it was concerned that the combined networks would give Liberty Global […]