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 […]

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 […]

Swiss Sunrise launches 4K OTT service

Sunrise, the Swiss network operator, has launched a new multiscreen TV platform as an OTT service. The service, named Sunrise TV neo, is available as an app for Apple TV, smartphones and tablets, and PC. Sunrise TV neo consists of more than 230 TV channels, with over 110 in HD quality, and becomes the first […]

Liberty Global sells UPC Switzerland to Sunrise

Liberty Global has agreed to sell its wholly-owned Swiss operation, UPC Switzerland, to local operator Sunrise for a total enterprise value of CHF 6.3 billion (€5.6 billion). The deal will establish Sunrise – which is Switzerland’s number two player in mobile, TV, fixed broadband and fixed voice behind Swisscom – as the “leading converged challenger” […]

Sunrise to launch 5G in Switzerland this March

Swiss mobile operator Sunrise has announced plans to roll out 5G connectivity to 150 cities and villages by the end of March. The move will make Sunrise the first operator to introduce 5G in Switzerland and will establish the country as one of the first in the world to adopt the new technology, alongside the […]

Sunrise confirms it is in talks to buy UPC Switzerland

Swiss telecom provider Sunrise has confirmed that it is in talks with Liberty Global over a possible acquisition of UPC Switzerland, following press reports. “Sunrise confirms it is in discussions with Liberty Global regarding a possible acquisition of UPC Schweiz,” the telco said, adding that it would only pursue a transaction “that is strategically compelling […]

Sunrise reportedly in advanced talks to buy UPC Switzerland

Swiss mobile telco Sunrise is in advanced talks to acquire Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland, according to the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources. According to the FT, the talks are still at a stage where they could fail. A sale of Liberty Global’s Swiss unit would mark a fresh step towards a potential exit […]

Sunrise sees TV rapid growth in TV base

Swiss alternative telecom operator Sunrise saw its TV subscriber base grow by 25.7% in the year to March to reach 220,900, boosted by its offer a converged tariff, improved TV sports content and dedicated promotions. Sunrise said that its TV service had benefited from the popularity of the converged Sunrise One plan, and the addition […]

Report: Liberty Global in Swiss talks with Sunrise

Liberty Global is reportedly in early-stage discussions with Swiss service provider Sunrise about combining their businesses in Switzerland. According to a Bloomberg report, the negotiations could lead to a joint venture between Liberty’s UPC Switzerland and Sunrise similar to that struck between Liberty and Vodafone in the Netherlands in 2016. Bloomberg cited unnamed people with knowledge […]

Government moves to prevent Swisscom fibre monopoly

The Swiss Federal Council has approved proposed changes in the country’s Telecommunications Act (TCA) that will give Swisscom’s competitors access to its fibre network and mandate the opening up of shared access points in buildings to enable rival providers to compete. The Council that access to subscribers should be technology-neutral, and dominant providers will have […]

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