Liberty Global

EC approves UPC Poland sale to Xavier Niel’s Play

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Liberty Global’s Polish operation, UPC Polska, by mobile giant Play, owned by French media tycoon Xavier Niel. UPC said that the acquisition, which it now expects to complete on April 1, will enable the creation of a national champion in the market for digital convergent services. The […]

Liberty Global FMC strategy is ‘delivering’, plans for new UK fibre company move forward

Liberty Global’s fixed-mobile strategy is “delivering” according to CEO Mike Fries, with the addition of a million broadband and mobile subscribers added across last year. Speaking to analysts after Liberty posted strong year-end results, Fries said that Liberty’s “FMC champions” – its part-owned operating companies in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland – are […]

Virgin Media O2 seeks funding for fibre buildout venture

Virgin Media O2 is reportedly planning to launch a fibre-building joint venture with respective owners Liberty Global and Telefónica in an effort to ramp up pressure on BT. According to the FT, the multinational telcos plan to contact potential investors this week with informal discussions already underway.  Virgin Media O2 is scheduled to upgrade its […]

Liberty Networks Germany begins rolling out FTTH

Liberty Networks Germany, Liberty Global’s new German joint venture with InfraVia Capital, has begun rolling out fibre-to-the home under the helloFiber brand. Liberty Networks Germany will carry out demand aggregation to identify areas where the roll out will be deployed. The expansion will kick off with construction of an area-wide FTTH network in Petershagen-Eggersdorf, Brandenburg. […]

European telco sector set for resurgence, says Jefferies

The European telecom sector looks set for resurgence in 2022 amid top-line growth, potential consolidation and an improved regulatory environment that values incentives to invest over an exclusive focus on end-user pricing and competition, according to analysts at Jefferies. Jefferies’ analysts said they were “looking with confidence” at the sector over the coming year in […]

Liberty Global will ‘continue to invest’ in HFC and DOCSIS 4.0, says Fries

Liberty Global will continue to invest in its HFC network including DOCSIS 4.0 and will only deploy full fibre-to-the-premises on a case-by-case basis for customers that require it, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking on a virtual Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference, he said that HFC “has a rich history full of […]

Liberty Global to look at new public listings next year, mulls UK infrastructure options

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has given a strong indication that the company may pursue stock market listings of individual company units next year to increase the overall value of its assets. Speaking to analysts after the company announced solid Q3 numbers at the end of last week Fries said that Liberty had “talked from […]

Liberty Global ups cash-flow guidance on solid results following UK JV completion

Liberty Global has turned in a respectable set of Q3 results, enabling the company to up its free cash-flow guidance for the year. The company added 266,000 net broadband and post-paid mobile subscribers in the quarter.   The company reported the loss of 5,400 customers in the quarter to September, but has added 24,600 over […]

Liberty Global reportedly considering €600 million Belgian sale

Liberty Global is mulling selling off its Belgian tower business. According to a report from Bloomberg, the telco is considering a sale of the Telenet unit in a deal worth at least €600 million.  Telenet’s portfolio is made up of around 3,000 towers, and the company is Belgium’s largest cable TV operator. Sources said that […]

Liberty Global to return to Germany with FTTH joint venture

Liberty Global looks set for a return to the German market two years after selling its networks in the country to Vodafone. Liberty Global Ventures, the investment arm of the cable giant has teamed up with InfraVia Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialising in infrastructure and technology investments, to create a new joint venture […]