UPC Ireland

UPC Ireland to rebrand as Virgin Media

Liberty Global-owned UPC Ireland has confirmed plans to adopt the Virgin Media brand, in a move that the head of Irish operator described as  “a big investment in our business and our future.” Commenting on the rebrand, UPC Ireland CEO, Magnus Ternsjö, said “the Virgin brand is famous for its entrepreneurial spirit in delivering more […]

Liberty’s UPC Ireland buys TV3 for €80 million

Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland has agreed to buy Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 for a purchase price of €80 million. UPC Ireland agreed the deal with the privately owned channel’s parent company Doughty Hanson and said it will substantially fund the deal through “existing liquidity.” TV3 operates two free-to-air channels – flagship network TV3 and […]

Liberty Global mulls TV3 Ireland deal

Liberty Global is reportedly interested in acquiring Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 and is conducting due diligence on the business.  According to an Irish Times report Friday, which cites informed sources, Liberty Global is at an advanced staged of the process, though regulatory and ministerial clearance means the deal “could still be months away.” The report […]

UPC Ireland launches new hospitality WiFi offering

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Ireland’s hospitality services provider unit Bitbuzz has launched a new WiFi service targeting the market, Bitbuzz Go.  According to UPC Ireland, Bitbuzz Go offers free and unlimited Wi-Fi to end users while they avail of the services of hotels, cafes, bars and other hospitality businesses. Customers using the service can […]

UPC Ireland upgrades new areas

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Ireland has upgraded its network to deliver digital TV and ultra-fast broadband services across southern County Meath and northern County Dublin. Advanced  digital services will be switched on in Donabate on May 6, followed by the towns of Ratoath on May 12, Ashbourne on May 19 and Lusk on May […]

UPC Ireland to lay off up to 170 to cut costs

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Ireland is to lay off up 170 staff under a cost-cutting programme that will involve the outsourcing of certain business processes.  UPC said the restructuring programme could potentially result in the redundancy of up to 170 roles. Where possible, redundancies will be achieved on a voluntary basis. It is expected […]

Music companies round on UPC Ireland over illegal downloads

The Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Warner Music and Unviersal Music have called for legal action to force Liberty Global-owned UPC Ireland to combat illegal downloading on lines that have already been agreed with the country’s largest telco Eircom. The music groups are taking legal action after UPC declined to adopt a so-called ‘three strikes’ […]

Liberty Global reorganising European business to improve credit appeal

Liberty Global is to reorganise its European businesses, merging UPC Ireland with Virgin Media and UPC Netherlands with Ziggo to create a simpler debt structure. Reuters reported that co-chief financial officer Charlie Bracken told an investor call yesterday that the new structure was “the culmination of a long journey” that would create a “more investor […]

UPC Ireland launches 240Mbps broadband

UPC in Ireland has launched unlimited 240Mbps fibre broadband, providing what it claims to be the fastest internet product in the country. The super-fast broadband is available to subscribers for €45 per month – €5 cheaper than Sky’s recently launched Sky Fibre product in Ireland. “Today’s launch of the fastest broadband product in Ireland and […]

UPC Ireland trials Horizon mobile app

Irish pay TV operator UPC has started trialling a new service, called Horizon Phone App, which will let users make calls over WiFi. The service, which is being trialled with 1,000 customers ahead of a full rollout in spring, will let UPC customers avoid roaming costs and use their smartphone to make calls as part […]