Switzerland


Salt threatens legal action against Sunrise’s Liberty Global deal

Swiss service provider Salt has said it is contemplating legal action against Sunrise in relation to the latter’s planned acquisition by Liberty Global’s UPC Switzerland. The official prospectus for the latter was published today. Salt’s threat of legal action relates to the fibre-to-the-home JV the pair agreed to set up to deploy FTTH networks across […]

Liberty Global to acquire Switzerland’s Sunrise

Liberty Global has agreed to acquire Swiss telecom operator Sunrise in a move that completely turns around its failed sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise last year. Liberty has agreed agreed to make an all cash public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Sunrise at a price of CHF110 per share, representing a […]

Liberty Global returns to customer growth, O2 JV ‘on track’

Liberty Global has been able to confirm its full-year financial guidance after turning in solid Q2 results that saw revenue fall as a result of the impact of COVID-19, adjusted EBITDA remain flat, and subscriber numbers rise thanks to a rebound in the UK. Revenue dropped by 4.5% to US$2.723 billion as a result of […]

UPC Switzerland and Swisscom in landmark reciprocal sports deal

Liberty Global-owned UPC Switzerland has struck a reciprocal agreement for the distribution of its premium sports offering, MySports, and Swisscom-backed pay TV offering Teleclub on each other’s platforms. From this autumn, UPC and Swisscom customers will have equal access to live sport content from both services, further details of the commercial offerings will be made […]

Sunrise takes over ‘streaming pioneer’ Wilmaa

Swiss telco Sunrise has taken over streamer Wilmaa, describing the company as a pioneer in web TV that offers OTT television for smartphones, tablets, PCs and TV sets. Sunrise said that Wilmaa’s technology platform would enable it to develop its OTT TV offers further. Customers will benefit from the most innovative TV experience on the […]

Liberty Global sees ‘some logic’ in Benelux combination but major challenges stand in way

Liberty Global sees “some compelling logic” in a combination of Belgian operator Telenet and its Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo, according to CEO Mike Fries, although such a combination is probably too complex to happen any time soon. Speaking online for a Bank of America Securies Telecom & Media Conference, Fries said there was “some compelling logic […]

UPC Switzerland’s sports chief to leave

Steffi Buchli, the director of programming and presenter on MySports, the sports service from Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland, is to leave this summer ahead of taking up a post as chief editor for sport at the Blick Group publishing outfit, part of the Ringier Group, from January 2021. UPC said that she Buchli […]

Sunrise turns to Salt for Swiss fibre JV

Swiss service provider Sunrise has teamed up with rival alternative provider Salt to create a JV to deploy FTTH networks across the country. The new company, Swiss Open Fiber, will be co-owned by Salt and Sunrise with equal shareholding alongside another prospective equity partner. The goal is for Swiss Open Fiber to reach 1.5 million […]

Pluto TV expands German-speaking market offering

ViacomCBS AVOD service Pluto TV has expanded its offering in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland by launching 24 new channels. Having launched this year with a line-up of 45 live channels, Pluto TV now deliver 75 channels in these three markets. The outfit is launching a marketing campaign across television and digital outlets in Germany, Switzerland […]

Liberty Global hit by UK subscriber decline

Liberty Global’s fourth quarter results were hit by accelerating TV losses and an overall decline in customer numbers, with the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland all contributing to the decline. Virgin Media lost 110,900 revenue-generating units in the UK and Ireland and its customer base declined by 9,400, compared with a customer gain of 9,000 […]