Cable Europe calls on EC to reject Dutch watchdog’s market analysis

Cable industry body Cable Europe has called on the EC to reject a draft market analysis carried out by Dutch regulator the Autoriteit Comsument & Markt (ACM) that concluded that Liberty Global and Vodafone JV VodafoneZiggo holds “joint significant market power” with incumbent telco KPN. The ACM finding means that both KPN and VodafoneZiggo will […]

Liberty Global passes Connect Box milestone

Liberty Global has passed a significant milestone in the deployment of its Connect Box advanced modem and WiFi gateway. The Connect Box is now in more than 10 million homes across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the operator. The milestone means that the advanced router has now been rolled out to more […]

EC confirms approval of Liberty Global Ziggo acquisition

The European Commission has confirmed its approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo in the Netherlands. The EC’s move follows annulment of its earlier approval of the 2014 acquisition by the EU General Court last year. The EC originally approved the merger of UPC Netherlands and Ziggo subject to the condition that […]

VodafoneZiggo chief calls for regulatory certainty

The Netherlands risks being left behind if the Dutch government fails to provide legal certainty for those making long-term investments in digital infrastructure, according to Liberty Global and Vodafone JV VodafoneZiggo’s CEO Jeroen Koencamp. During a debate organised by the operator, Hoenkamp criticised moves by the government and regulator the ACM to impose further regulation […]

Fries: VodafoneZiggo ruling is ‘nuisance’ but deal likely to be cleared

The European General Court’s ruling annulling Liberty Global and Vodafone-Ziggo’s joint venture in the Netherlands is “more of a nuisance” than a major blow for Liberty Global, according to the company’s president and CEO Mike Fries. Fries said he was “pretty confident” the deal would be cleared “in due course”. The ruling means that the […]

European Court annuls EC approval of VodafoneZiggo JV

The European Union General Court has annulled the European Commission’s approval of the merger of Vodafone and Ziggo in the Netherlands following an appeal by KPN. The European Commission approved the creation of the VodafoneZiggo joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch unit in 2014 after Liberty Global agreed to divest premium film channel […]

TV5Monde launches VodafoneZiggo app

French broadcaster TV5Monde has launched an app via Dutch cable operator VodafoneZiggo to help viewers learn the French language. Viewers can use the ‘7 Jours sur La Planète’ app to watch catch-up programmes with French subtitles running across the bottom of the screen accompanied by a vocabulary list of words. Users will be able to […]

Fries: Liberty Global ‘cannot afford to stand still’ on convergence

Liberty Global remains committed to developing convergent offerings despite an ongoing industry-wide decline in mobile revenues, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Talking to analysts after the cable giant reported its latest quarterly figures, Fries said that “strategically, we cannot afford to stand still, and we are not standing still” in developing a mobile […]

Turkish channels added to Ziggo Go

Liberty Global and Vodafone-backed Dutch operator VodafoneZiggo has added nine Turkish channels to the Ziggo Go multiscreen TV app. Customers who sign up to the operator’s Turkish package can now view channels on smartphones and tablets around the home. The service includes channels ATV Avrupa, sports and news service Euro Star, series channel Show TV, […]

Vodafone sees TV subscribers dip but convergent base grows

Vodafone saw its TV base hit by losses in Spain in the quarter to June, but the group claimed success from its marketing of fixed-mobile convergent offerings. Vodafone overall had 9.6 million TV homes in Europe at the end of June, or 13.5 million including the VodafoneZiggo joint venture in the Netherlands. The company said […]