Liberty Global’s Fries looking to Belgian merger, fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global is hoping part-owned Belgian operator Telenet will take advantage of the renewed sale of Wallonia-region cable operator Voo to create a national-scale player in the country, according to CEO Mike Fries.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference online last week,  Fries said that the acquisition of Voo by […]

Mixed fortunes for telcos in TV in Q3

A clutch of European telcos across Switzerland and the Benelux reported their Q3 numbers this week, with mixed results for their respective TV services. Swisscom has struggled to increase its TV base in what the company regularly describes as a saturated market. The operator did see its TV numbers rise by a modest 0.7% year-on-year, […]

Jeroen Bronselaer upped to CEO of SBS by Telenet

Belgian telco Telenet has announced the appointment of Jeroen Bronselaer as the CEO of SBS. The 41-year old Bronselaer currently serves as Telenet’s SVP of residential marketing, and will succeed Peter Quaghebeur, who will leave SBS on November 1. Along with overseeing the channel group, Bronselaer will be responsible for managing all Telenet media activities […]

DTVE Digital Symposium tackles the bandwidth challenge facing operators in the post-COVID-19 era

The COVID-19 lockdown has seen massive spikes in broadband consumption and in the use of streaming video. Broadband connectivity has never been more important in delivering reliable premium service offerings. However, video service providers face big challenges in continuing to upgrade their infrastructure in a way that makes economic sense in the face of increased […]

Belgium’s Proximus to integrate Disney+ in packages

Belgium’s Proximus is stepping up competition in the streaming space by launching Disney+ on its TV service on September 15. Proximus is to give its All Stars and All Stars & Sports customers one year of Disney+ as part of their pack. The telco announced the integration of the Disney streaming service in its offering […]

Belgian streaming OTT JV Streamz greenlit for launch

Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet is now preparing the launch of its streaming JV with DPG Media after the venture secured approval from EC regulators. The local streaming platform, Streamz, will feature content from Flemish and international providers and will launch in the autumn. The pair will set up a new Jv company under […]

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 […]

Telenet sees convergence growth as TV base dips

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw continued growth in its fixed-mobile convergence base of customers in Q2, while pay TV numbers were broadly flat. The operator had 598,900 converged customers at the end of the period, up 28% year-on-year, with penetration of its overall base now standing at around 29%. The higher proportion of […]

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 […]

Proximus gains TV subs amid lockdown frustration

Belgian service provider Proximus posted modest increases in its broadband and pay TV bases in the first quarter and said that it was unable to meet the full demand for additional services because the coronavirus lockdown prevented it from carrying out installations on customers’ premises. Proximus’ TV base grew by 1,000 in the quarter to […]