Telia merges Lithuanian units

Nordic telco Telia has merged its Lithuanian operations and renamed the combined company Telia Letuva. Telia merged for fixed-line telco Teo, mobile operator Omnitel and Baltic Data Centre together to create the new company. According to Telia, its Lithuanian unit is the country’s only operator with a full fixed and mobile, broadband and TV offering. […]

Lithuania’s CGates moves forward with consolidation strategy

Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired smaller operator Transteleservis, which operates TV and broadband services in the towns of Visaginas and Pabradé. The move expands CGates’ consumer base by about 7,000, taking its total to 270,000 across the country. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CGates’ chief executive, Petras Kirdeika, said that the integration […]

Finland’s Elisa acquires Estonia’s Starman

Finnish telecom and cable group Elisa is to acquire leading Estonian cable operator Starman for €151 million in cash. Elisa acquired Starman from Polaris Invest and Com Holding immediately following the sale by investment group East Capital Explorer of its 63% stake in the operator to Polaris Invest, hitherto a minority shareholder. Polaris had been […]

Digital TV CEE: Netflix unlikely to progress in CEE

Netflix is unlikely to make significant headway in most markets in central and Eastern Europe without making significant and probably uneconomic investments in local content, according to a line-up of speakers at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest. Despite the global SVOD player’s decision to localise its service in Poland, there is still a […]

TV growth provides bright spot for beleaguered Telia

Nordic and Baltic region telecom provider Telia said a strong TV performance in its Sweden contributed to overall growth in its domestic market in the third quarter. Telia had 1.671 million TV customers at the end of the quarter, up 14,000 on the previous quarter and up 68,000 year-on-year. The operator had 752,000 subscribers in […]

CGates expands reach with new acquisition

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has completed the acquisition of smaller service provider TPG. The latter provides services in the city of Panevezys in the northern part of the country and the town of Ukmerge in eastern-central Lithuania under the Kateka, Elekta and Teletinklas brands. Completion of the acquisition follows approval of the deal […]

Starman taps SeaChange for multiscreen OTT service

Estonian cable group Starman has tapped SeaChange to supply the technology for its new OTT video service. Starman is using SeaChange’s Adrenalin multiscreen video platform to provide a library of on-demand movies and TV shows, with features including re-start TV and network DVR. Starman launched on-demand TV services in Estonia with a prior version SeaChange […]

CGates launches flexible packages

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has launched flexible channel packages in place of the big basic model it previously offered to TV subscribers. In place of big basic, CGates is offering nine smaller thematic channel packages, which subscribers can combine and modify on a month-by-month basis. The channel packages encompass films, sports, news, entertainment, […]

MTG launches streaming service in the Baltics

The Modern Times Group is launching its Viaplay streaming service in the Baltics, taking on SVOD giant Netflix, which rolled out in the region earlier this year. The SVOD service will roll out in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as an OTT offering, and on mobile via a partnership with regional telco Tele2.  The service offers […]

Lithuania’s Cgates acquires Remo TV

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired cable operator Remo TV, which operates in the towns of Elektrėnuose and Kaišiadoryse. Remo TV serves about 7,500 homes in the two areas in the Kaunas region in the central part of the country. The latest acquisition follows CGates’ acquisition of regional operator Kava last year, taking […]