Liberty Global


Virgin Media beats rivals to air Wimbledon tennis in 4K UHD and HDR

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is to air the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD and HDR for the first time. Virgin Media subscribers equipped with a Virgin TV V6 set-top box will be able to view 4K HDR coverage of the competition from July 1 via the BBC iPlayer app on the box. While BBC […]

EC ‘set to green light’ Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

The European Commission is set to give a green light to Vodafone’s plan to acquire Liberty Global’s German and central and eastern European assets, according to a report by Reuters. The news agency reported that the EU antitrust authorities were set to approve the deal after Vodafone offered concessions in May, citing unnamed sources. Vodafone […]

Virgin Media trials wireless tech to connect fibre network

Virgin Media has trialled the use of wireless radio signals to help connect homes in a Newbury village to Gigabit speeds and TV services over full fibre, something it describes as a first for the UK. The trial, led by Liberty Global and using Ericsson radio technology, has made use of high-capacity millimetre wave radio […]

Liberty Global Eastern Europe CEO steps down

Eric Tveter, the CEO of Liberty Global’s Eastern European Group, is to leave his role after ten years. The departure comes as the company announced the sale of many assets overseen during Tveter’s tenure. Liberty Global’s current CEO of UPC Romania, Hungary and Poland, Robert Redeleanu, will replace Tveter on July 1. Redeleanu will oversee […]

Swiss regulator launches in-depth probe of Liberty Global-Sunrise deal

Switzerland’s competition watchdog is to launch an in-depth examination of telecom operator Sunrise’s planned acquisition of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global. Sunrise said the announcement of the detailed probe of the deal by COMCO/WEKO was in “in line with [its] expectation”. COMCO said that its preliminary look at the deal had revealed some indications that […]

German broadcasters group slams Vodafone concessions

German commercial broadcaster association Vaunet has slammed Vodafone’s moves to secure EC regulatory approval of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s Unitymedia as missing the point. Vaunet managing director Harald Flemming said that Vodafone’s moves were “could only astonish” observers as they “mostly” met requirements under existing German regulations for open access to broadband networks under […]

Sunrise optimistic on completing Liberty Global deal in Q4

Swiss service provider Sunrise says it has been “broadly supported” its acquisition of Liberty Global’s Swiss unit by investors and expects the deal to be closed in the fourth Quarter following a final regulatory approval. Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee has already said he believed the deal could win shareholder approval despite resistance from the company’s […]

Fries: Liberty Global ‘never so well positioned’ to create value

Liberty Global has never been “so well positioned to create value for shareholders” despite the challenges it faces, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking after the company released modest Q1 results, Fries said that the cable giant was “on the verge of completing a series of transactions that will leave us with a more concentrated […]

Vodafone moves to secure green light for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone Deutschland has struck a cable wholesale agreement with Telefónica Deutschland in a move designed ensure that the EC gives approval to cable giant Liberty Global’s sale of its Germany business to the operator. Vodafone has submitted a remedy package comprising the cable wholesale agreement and a commitment to ensure sufficient capacity is available for […]

Liberty Global turns in modestly positive quarter

CEO Mike Fries hailed UK operation Virgin Media’s ability to deliver “improved subscriber trends” and its “compelling new fixed-mobile convergence bundles”, despite pressure on cable service ARPU in the market.  He said that the company’s Swiss operation, the sale of which is now under review by the Swiss Competition Authority, was producing “emerging green shoots” […]

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