Kabel Deutschland

Kabel Deutschland suffers reverse in battle with pubcaster

A Munich court has ruled that Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland must continue to broadcast public educational channel ARD-alpha in analogue in its Bavarian network, following legal action by ARD Bavarian affiliate Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). Kabel Deutschland had tried to remove the channel, formerly BR-alpha, from its line-up as part of its campaign to […]

Numericable bounces back in Netflix ISP ranking

Numericable overtook Bouygues Telecom in July to reclaim its position as the fastest internet service provider in France, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index. Having been pushed into second place in June, Numericable bounced back in July averaging speeds of 3.90 Megabits per second (Mbps), compared to 3.86 Mbps by Bouygues Telecom. In Germany, […]

Vodafone’s cable investments contribute to recovery

Vodafone’s cable investments in Germany and Spain helped boost its first fiscal quarter performance, along with more stable pricing in key markets. Vodafone’s first fiscal quarter results performance in Germany benefited from the inclusion of Kabel Deutschland, which added 102,000 broadband net additions in the quarter. Fixed service revenue including KDG grew by 0.2%, offsetting […]

Bouygues top in France in latest Netflix ISP Speed Index

Bouygues Telecom overtook Numericable in June to become the fastest internet service provider in France, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index. Bouygues took the top spot with an average speed of 3.86 Megabits per second (Mbps), leapfrogging Numericable with a speed of 3.84 Mbps, while Orange remained in third place with an average speed […]

German cable operators invest in public WiFi

Vodafone-owned Kabel Deutschland and Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia have separately announced plans to roll out major public WiFi initiatives in Germany. Kabel Deutschland is rolling out two business and community-focused initiatives – Hotspot Business Pro and Hotspot Business City – offering internet speeds of up to 200Mbps downstream. Kabel Deutschland is targeting the hospitality industry as […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: net neutrality is ‘solution in search of a problem’

Demands for more formal network neutrality regulation is a “solution in search of a problem”, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Liberty Global does not discriminate against traffic or provide preferences to one content source over another, said Fries. “Network neutrality is in some ways a solution is search of a problem. […]

Kabel Deutschland partners with S3 Group for test automation

Vodafone Group-owned Kabel Deutschland has selected S3 Group to automate testing of multiscreen services across different platforms, including Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Kabel Deutschland will use S3 Group’s StormTest Development Centre to integrate the testing of its TV services – including mobile video applications – into its test framework. “Subscribers want a great […]

Broadband and pay TV take Kabel Deutschland past €2bn milestone

Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland saw its broadband and premium pay TV base chalk up solid increases in the year to March, taking its revenues passed to €2 billion mark for the full year. Kabel Deutschland added 450,000 internet subscribers in the year to March, taking its total to 2.6 million. The company also […]

Elliott to pursue Kabel Deutschland in court

Hedge fund Elliott Management is continuing to pursue German cable operator Kabel Deutschland in the courts, despite a rejection of its claim that Vodafone underpaid for its majority stake in the company by an extraordinary shareholders meeting in March. Elliott has filed a complaint with the Munich District Court calling for a special auditor to […]

German cable operators slam open market plan for modems

German cable operators have joined forces to reject a move by the Federal government to ban operators from forcing subscribers to take a router supplied by their service provider rather than buy a device of their choice on the open market.  Following the tabling of a draft bill by the German economy ministry in February […]