Swisscom feels the pressure of ‘saturated’ TV market

Swisscom saw its pay TV base decline slightly in the year to June in what the Swiss telco described as a market that was “saturated and highly driven by promotional offers”. Swisscom reported 1.582 million TV customers at the end of the second quarter, down from 1.584 million at the same point last year. At […]

Telecom Italia agrees to create single national fibre infrastructure

Telecom Italia’s (TIM) board has approved an agreement with private equity outfit KKR Infrastructure and Swisscom-owned service provider Fastweb and a letter of intent with CDP Equity to create a single combined fibre network in Italy. As part of a complex weave of transactions, TIM, KKR Infrastructure and Fastweb will create a new company into […]

Swisscom sees modest but solid TV growth in tough market

Swiss service provider Swisscom saw modest but solid growth in its TV base in the third quarter, adding 11,000 new customers, which contributed to an overall rise of 30,000 or 2% in the TV total year-on-year. The quarter also saw a modest return to growth in fixed broadband, with 3,000 new customers. Overall, Swisscom’s residential […]

Swisscom to sell Metroweb stake as Fastweb moves forward with fibre plan

Swisscom has agreed to sell its 10.6% in Italian operator Metroweb to the latter’s main shareholder Metroweb Italia for €80 million. The company’s shareholder agreement, which gives Swisscom certain minority rights, will be terminated when the transaction closes. The value of the deal is in line with the valuation placed on Metroweb by Italian utility […]

Mediaset secures fresh court ruling to counter piracy

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured a ruling from a court in Milan ordering “a major supplier” of internet services to prevent its customers accessing, which it has identified as one of the major sources of online piracy of its content. The internet company, reported by the Italian press to be Swisscom-owned Fastweb, will be […]

Sky Italia in deal with Fastweb

Sky Italia has struck a partnership deal with broadband service provider Fastweb that will enable subscribers to Fastweb’s Joy and SuperJet broadband packages to get access to Sky Online, the operator’s OTT service. New Fastweb customers will also have the ability to purchase the Sky Online TV Box at a discount. Fastweb said the deal […]

Italy’s Chili launches UHD service with Thomson technology

Italian OTT TV service provider Chili has launched an Ultra HD service as part of its movie offering. Chili is using Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE VS7000 encoder platform and NexGuard content protection to provide ultra HD movies and TV shows to its subscribers. Fastweb spin-off Chili’s OTT TV service, which has been rolled out in […]

Swisscom TV reaches one million

Swisscom’s TV base passed the one million mark in 2013 after growing by over a quarter in the course of the year. The Swisscom TV base grew by 26.4% to one million, including 939,000 basic TV customers, meaning that almost one third Swiss households now use the service. Swisscom said that 410,000 customers used its […]

Swisscom sees 30% growth in TV base

Swisscom has seen 30% growth in its TV base over the last year to end June with 902,000 Swisscom TV subscribers. Swisscom gained 42,000 customers for the service in the second quarter. Over half of Swisscom’s fixed broadband customers now also use Swisscom TV, while 370,000 Swisscom TV customers are using the operator’s 30-hour catch-up […]

Swisscom grows TV base

Swisscom grew its TV base by 63,000 in the fourth quarter to end the year with 791,000 Swisscom TV customers, a 30.1% increase year-on-year. According to the operator, about 200,000 Swisscom TV customers have already used the service’s replay function, allowing catch-up viewing of content from 70 channels for up to 30 hours after broadcast. […]