Switzerland


Swisscom grows TV and bundled base

Swisscom grew its TV base by 3.5%, or 52,000 customers year-on-year in the final quarter of last year, taking its TV total to 1.52 million. The Swiss telco also grew its fixed-line broadband base by 0.9%, or 19,000 customers, to 1.52 million. Swisscom said that fixed line phone customers numbered 1.64 million at the end […]

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 […]

UPC Switzerland launching dedicated eSports channel

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Switzerland is launching what it says is the first eSports channel in the country in German, eSports1, on its platform this week. eSports1 will go live on Thursday as part of the operator’s MySports Pro premium offering which will carry the channel exclusively. MySports already broadcasts and weekly eSports […]

EBU: European DTT shut-downs not indicative of wider decline in platform

Recent moves by Belgium and Switzerland to shut down digital-terrestrial broadcast networks do not signal a decline in DTT distribution and terrestrial broadcasting in other EU markets remains robust, according to a study by public broadcasters organisation the EBU. The EBU’s intervention in the debate around the future of DTT follows the shut-down of Belgian […]

Pluto TV to expand into new European markets

US-based linear ad-supported OTT TV service Pluto TV is to launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the near future, following its launch in the UK on the Now TV platform and Roku devices at the beginning of October. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London, Olivier Jollet, managing director, Europe, Pluto TV, […]

UPC Switzerland commissions new eSports offering

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Switzerland has commissioned a new eSports format for its MySports service. The eSports offering, Good Game – die eSports Revolution, is targeted at new and casual gamers. The service will air in 15-minute episodes devoted to a specific game, with explanation of the game’s goals and principles and material […]

UPC Switzerland makes trio of management appointments

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland has made a trio of senior management appointments as part of new CEO Severina Pascu’s drive to improve the quality of the struggling operator’s business. The cable operator has named Urs Reinhard in the new role of chief digital officer, responsible for accelerating the digital agenda and driving change across the […]

Salt adds raft of new services to TV platform

Swiss service provider Salt has added a raft of new services including, this week, one of a range of packages targeted at expatriate groups living in Switzerland, Le Bouquet Portugais from French channel aggregator Thema. The Portuguese package will be available without long-term contract commitments for CHF9.95 (€8.73) a month and offers four channels: generalist […]

Liberty Global CFO rules out big acquisitions as company mulls strategic options

Liberty Global will use proceeds from the sale of its German and CEE businesses to Vodafone principally to return cash to investors in the form of buybacks and has no plans for big acquisition, according to Charlie Bracken, the company’s EVP and CFO, speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Media & Technology conference last week. […]

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