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UPC Switzerland ups offer to business customers

Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland, currently in the process of being sold to local alternative telco Sunrise, has launched a series of new offers targeted at  businesses. UPC Switzerland is offering six packages with up to 1 Gbit/s upload and download speeds, including a 20% discount on mobile subscriptions. The Internet speed for the […]

VodafoneZiggo to launch advanced TV platform, 5G amid mixed results

VodafoneZiggo, the Liberty Global-Vodafone joint venture for the Dutch market, is to launch a new advanced TV patorm and trial 5G mobile next year, according to CEO Jeroen Hoencamp. The new TV offering will include 4K UHD capability and will involve the deployment of Liberty’s new advanced set-top box during the first quarter. Hoencamp said […]

Liberty Global sells UPC Switzerland to Sunrise

Liberty Global has agreed to sell its wholly-owned Swiss operation, UPC Switzerland, to local operator Sunrise for a total enterprise value of CHF 6.3 billion (€5.6 billion). The deal will establish Sunrise – which is Switzerland’s number two player in mobile, TV, fixed broadband and fixed voice behind Swisscom – as the “leading converged challenger” […]

Liberty Global sees drop in video customers

Liberty Global’s announcement of the sale of its operation in Switzerland (see separate story) came as the company posted mixed Q4 and full-year results, with an acceleration in video losses in the three months to December. Liberty Global lost 32,500 revenue-generating units in Q4, meaning its gain for the year overall was 30,000. The company […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: 5G could be ‘bad dream’ for operators

Bearing the cost of investing in 5G could turn out to be a ‘bad dream’ for operators, with the business case still uncertain, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. “For many operators, 5G could be a bad dream,” said Fries, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the incredible cost of building […]

Liberty Global report: European consumers ‘value broadband more than sex’

European consumers value broadband network quality and coverage more than competitive pricing, and would be more willing to give up sex, holidays, their favourite TV channels and chocolate than their home broadband connection, according to a study commissioned by Liberty Global from AT Kearney. The study, based on a survey of 8,000 consumers in the […]

Telenet launches set-top boxless youth-focused TV offering

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is launching its first TV offering that does not require a set-top box. The operator has launched a new bundle, branded as YUGO and targeted at smartphone users exclusively, with users able to cast content to the TV screen via Google Chromecast or Apple TV. The YUGO package comes […]

Unitymedia expands fibre network

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia is expanding its fibre-to-the-building network by connecting 180 individual homes and apartment complexes in the city of Korntal-Münchingen in Baden-Württemberg. Work on the network expansion will begin in the middle of this year, with the operator spending around €1 million to take its fibre network to around 600 additional […]

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 […]

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