Switzerland


Sunrise at war with Freenet over Liberty Global deal

The battle between Swiss service provider Sunrise and its largest shareholder Freenet over the former’s plans to acquire UPC Switzerland has escalated, with Sunrise accusing Freenet board representatives of “a conflict of interest” and resolving to exclude them from discussions about the merger. Sunrise also asserted that Freenet had previously proposed an illegal acquisition of […]

Liberty to buy back shares and invest in UK as subscriber numbers drop

Liberty Global is following up on its promise to return value to shareholders following its sale of its German and central European units to Vodafone by using the proceeds from the sale for cash tender offers for its shares of up to US$2.5 billion (€2.2 billion), along with a promise of investing in Virgin Media, […]

SPI/FILMBOX continues to expand via Salt Mobile

SPI/FilmBox has signed a distribution agreement with Salt Mobile. The deal will see Swiss telco Salt Mobile broadcast four thematic channels from SPI’s portfolio. The channels are: FunBox UHD, Fast&FunBox HD, FightBox HD and the newly launched esports channel Gametoon HD. All of the channels will be available in English, with FunBox UHD also available […]

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 turns in modestly positive quarter

CEO Mike Fries hailed UK operation Virgin Media’s ability to deliver “improved subscriber trends” and its “compelling new fixed-mobile convergence bundles”, despite pressure on cable service ARPU in the market.  He said that the company’s Swiss operation, the sale of which is now under review by the Swiss Competition Authority, was producing “emerging green shoots” […]

Swisscom TV boosted by bundles in ‘saturated’ market

Swisscom grew its TV base by 4,000 subscribers in Q1 in what the company said was a “saturated” market that was “driven strongly by promotional offerings”. The 0.3% quarter-on-quarter increase in the Swiss telco’s TV base took its total to 1.52 million, with Swisscom saying that the growth was driven by its bundled offering. The […]

UPC Switzerland boosts MySports with TeleTicino deal

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland’s sports service MySports has extended its cooperation agreement with regional TV channel TeleTicino for another year, giving the service continued live access six qualifying round matches between top ice-hockey teams HC Lugano and HC Ambri-Piotta in the 2019-20 season. “We are proud of the fact that the positive cooperation between MySports […]

UPC Switzerland ups offer to business customers

Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland, currently in the process of being sold to local alternative telco Sunrise, has launched a series of new offers targeted at  businesses. UPC Switzerland is offering six packages with up to 1 Gbit/s upload and download speeds, including a 20% discount on mobile subscriptions. The Internet speed for the […]

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