Sogecable and Orange launch Yacom +

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Sogecable, owner of Digital + and Canal +, and telco Yacom, controlled by Orange, is launching Yacom +, a joint triple play offer with broadband Internet access, phone calls and satellite pay-TV.

The service, similar to Trio Plus launched last November by Sogecable and Telefonica, will be available in those areas covered by Yacom and to all Digital +’s clients. The offer includes ADSL at a 10 Megabits speed, phone calls to national fixed numbers, wifi router and fixed phone for a monthly fee of E29.95, with the basic package of Digital Plus free of charge until September and from then at E19.95 per month.

This is the second Sogecable’s agreement with a telco operator to launch a triple play offer in an attempt to boost its pay-TV subscriptions deadlocked at 2 million subscribers.

In the meantime, the future of the pay-TV group is still in the air, following the Spanish media group Prisa taking over the company by acquiring Telefonica’s share. Three Telefonica executives on the Sogecable’s board have stepped down. Speculation about the sale of the pay-TV division is increasingly with four possible candidates: Telefonica, News Corporation, Vivendi and the Mexican mogul Carlos Slim.

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