German operators take legal action against Liberty Global-Vodafone approval

German regional network operator NetCologne has confirmed it is taking legal action to challenge EU approval of Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global, after European Court of Justice officials told German press that it, together with Deutsche Telekom and Tele Columbus had filed complaints about the decision.   The Cologne-based operator said that the […]

NetCologne and NetAachen kick off digital migration

Germany service provider NetCologne and its Aachen majority-owned joint venture NetAachen have kicked off the process of switching off analogue TV signals in their network. The digital switchover will mean that 265,000 homes in the Cologne area and the cities of Bonn, Leverkusen, Aachen, Düren, Düsseldorf, Remscheid and Neuss will no longer be able to […]

Cable operators top Netflix Euro-rankings

Netflix has published its second assessment of internet service providers’ performance in Europe since it launched in a batch of countries in September. In France, the rankings showed strong progress by cable provider Numericable and a slight decline in performance by ADSL providers. Numericable’s rollout of high-speed services meant that its October average stood at […]

NetCologne launches free public WiFi

Cologne city carrier NetCologne has launched a free public WiFi network in the German city.  The Hotspot.Koeln network is currently available in a number of locations in the central part of the city, with plans to extend to other areas. NetCologne has worked with the Cologne city authorities to develop the network, which is currently […]

NetCologne launches multiscreen service

German city network provider NetCologne is launching a new multiscreen service, Web’n’App TV, that will make services available to PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones via local WiFi networks.  Customers of NetCologne and NetAachen will be able to receive 40 live TV channels, including a number in HD. The service is available free of charge to […]

NetCologne adds new channels to line-up

German service provider NetCologne is adding ProSieben Maxx to its channel line-up. The free-to-air channel airs a range of US shows, including Homeland, House of Cards and movies including Captain America: The First Avenger in English with German subtitles, and other international content. NetCologne has also added Switzerland-based youth-oriented interactive channel joiz, airs a range […]

NetCologne expands fibre network

German service provider NetCologne has launched an expansion of its fibre-optic network in the districts of Sinnersdorf, Sinthern and Geyen. The upgrade will give subscribers in these areas the ability to access internet speeds of up to 50Mbps, with the first customers expected to be connected this autumn. NetCologne expects that the upgrade will bring […]

NetCologne advances fibre penetration, grows TV base

German hybrid network operator NetCologne now serves over a third of its customers via its own fibre network. The Cologne area operator had 139,000 fibre customers at the end of last year, up 16,000 year-on-year, out of a total fixed line customer base of 381,000. NetCologne grew its TV subscriber base last year by 12,000 […]

NetCologne introduces new TV services

German service provider NetCologne has introduced a number of new services to its TV offering. The Cologne-based provider has added local free-to-air entertainment channel FTL Deutschland to its basic package, while the HD version of Discovery Channel is now available to pay TV customers. NetCologne has also added a new package of international channels from […]