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Fries: Liberty’s sale of assets is ‘important inflection point for cable’

Liberty Global’s sale of assets marks “a pretty important inflection point for European cable” following a period of organic and acquisition growth for the company, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference yesterday. He said that cable in Europe now faces telecom competitors that are “pretty darn good […]

German competition watchdog wants say on Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt, together with the country’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, has requested the European Commission to refer Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s Unitymedia unit to it on the grounds that the deal has an impact on markets in Germany. Andreas Mundt, the Bundeskartellamt’s president, said that the acquisition […]

German broadband association calls on EC to prohibit Vodafone-Liberty deal

German alternative broadband operators association the Bundesverband Breitbandkommunikation (BREKO) has called for the EC to say no to Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s German subsidiary, Unitymedia on the grounds that it would severely restrict competition in the broadband market. BREKO argues that the merger would effectively create a duopoly in the broadband market between […]

Vodafone Deutschland names new chief financial officer

Vodafone Deutschland has named Anna Dimitrova as its new chief financial officer. Dimitrova, who previously worked for Vodafone in a number of roles spanning consumer, enterprise and finance, will replace Andreas Siemen, who is leaving the company. She will take up her new position on November 1. Dimitrova, a Bulgarian national, began her career with […]

Vodafone Deutschland outlines Gigabit plans

Vodafone Deutschland has outlined plans for further network investments, with the creation of the first ‘Gigabit city’ in Bavaria pencilled in for later this month. Vodafone said that it would connect 16 million people to its Gigabit network by the middle of next year, rising to 22 million by the end of the year. The […]

Vodafone Deutschland agrees on digital investment

Vodafone Deutschland has entered into a strategic digital partnership with the  government of Lower Saxony to develop digital services in the region. Vodafone said it would contribute to meeting the goal of delivering Gigabit connectivity to all households in Lower Saxony by 2025 by investing in fibre networks and deploying DOCSIS 3.1 technology over its […]

Unitymedia ups Funke to CFO

Unitymedia has promoted Thomas Funke to chief financial officer, replacing Winfried Rapp who was upped to CEO over the summer. Funke was previously Unitymedia’s vice president of accounting and finance operations, a role he took in 2015. In his new position he becomes part of the executive board. The news comes after Unitymedia’s parent company, […]

Unitymedia CEO moves to Virgin Media

Unitymedia CEO Lutz Schüler is swapping one Liberty Global division for another after being appointed chief operating officer of Virgin Media. Schüler, who has been chief executive of Germany’s Unitymedia since January 2011, is due to take up his new post in the UK on September 10 and will report directly to Virgin Media CEO […]

Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom spar on merger at ANGA COM

Senior executives from Vodafone Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom clashed over whether the acquisition of Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia by Vodafone would have an anti-competitive impact in Germany at ANGA COM yesterday afternoon. Taking part in an industry panel at the event, Dirk Woessner (right), management board member for Germany at Deutsche Telekom, said that his company […]

Telekom chief commits to building broadband, criticises Vodafone deal

Deutsche Telekom invests “more than all of its competitors put together” in broadband in Germany, according to CEO Timotheus Höttges. Speaking at Telekom’s shareholders’ meeting, Höttges also called for an end to regulation of “new fibre-optic lines” to achieve the goal of nationwide access to gigabit speed broadband, but continued to voice his opposition to […]

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