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Liberty Global trialling Distributed Access Architecture with Teleste

Liberty Global is to trial broadband technology specialist Teleste’s Distributed Access Architecture tech to support its GIGAbit network. Already used successfully in Coventry and Warrington in the UK, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) is now being rolled out in Baguley in the UK. DAA, which represents a new way of configuring DOCSIS networks, is being trialled […]

UK watchdog clears O2-Virgin Media merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets authority (CMA) has given the proposed merger of Telefónica’s O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media a provisional green light. The watchdog said that the £31 billion merger first announced in May 2020 “is unlikely to lead to any substantial lessening of competition in relation to the supply of wholesale services.” […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

Telenet deepens media involvement with Caviar acquisition

Liberty Global-backed Flemish cable operator Telenet has deepened its involvement in the media business by acquiring a 49% stake in production outfit Caviar Group. Caviar, with bases in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen, started out as a purely Flemish production company but has expanded internationally, producing TV programmes, including fiction, and advertising content. Telenet, which owns […]

Virgin Media gets Sky UHD channels

Virgin Media has announced a deal with Sky which will bring Ultra HD channels to the pay TV operator. Virgin TV customers subscribed to the top-tier Ultimate Oomph package will gain access to Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema Ultra HD at no extra cost. The deal will also bring more than 1,300 TV episodes and […]

Liberty Global meets targets in pandemic year

Liberty Global rounded out 2020 meeting its quarterly guidance after a difficult year. The operator reported annual revenue of US$11.98 billion, up 3.8% year-over-year. This was largely buoyed by a positive Q4, in which revenue increased 14.9% year-over-year  Overall, the company saw modest underlying revenue gains in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The […]

UPC Switzerland acquires three local networks

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland has acquired local cable networks in Glarus, Kaltbrunn and Weggis-Vitznau-Gersau. The acqusitions bring a total of around 13,000 households to which UPC services were previously available via partner networks. Subscribers continue to be able to benefit from the UPC portfolio, which will now be offered from a single source, the company […]

UK watchdog outlines concerns about Virgin Media/O2 merger

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has outlined its concerns about the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica-owned mobile player O2, with a focus on the potential impact of the pair’s combination on mobile wholesale markets. The watchdog is focusing on the possible impact of the merger on the supply of wholesale […]

Discovery+ to go live on VodafoneZiggo in Netherlands

Following its multi-country deal with Vodafone, Discovery has signed a new distribution agreement for its discovery+ streamer with Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch joint venture, VodafoneZiggo. The pair said that the new agreement would include continued carriage of channels including Discovery, Eurosport and TLC as well the introduction of lifestyle channel HGTV. Discovery and VodafoneZiggo […]

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