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Virgin Media expands in NE England

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Virgin Media is expanding its network to 5,000 more homes across the North East of England providing Internet access at speeds up to 152Mb or eight times faster than the national average. Work is underway to connect more households in Hartlepool, Darlington, Sunderland and Stockton-On-Tees and is expected to be complete by the end of October. The expansion will see […]

Federation boost for India’s cable DSO

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Major Indian cable Multi System Operators (MSOs) are seeking to create momentum for digitisation of the country’s networks with the formation of the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF). Federation members will work on a business model for Phase III and IV digitisation and aim to create a healthy business environment for all stakeholders. Under government guidelines, Phase III is […]

Ziggo to cut 20% of workforce

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The merger of Dutch cable companies UPC Netherlands and Ziggo will result in around 900 workers losing their jobs according to daily the NL Times. The companies currently employ a combined total of around 4,500 and about 20 per cent will become redundant, with service centre temp-workers looking most likely to be laid-off. Ziggo shareholders have until November 4th to […]

Ziggo TV subs down 20%

Dutch cable operator Ziggo saw core profit rise by 3.4 per cent in the third quarter. The group, which last week received EU clearance to be bought by US cable group Liberty Global, said broadband subscribers grew by 6.2 per cent from the same period last year. The number of digital TV subscribers increased by 5,000 to 2,324 million in […]

Wananchi raises $130m expansion funds

African triple-play operator Wananchi Group, owner of the Zuku Fiber, Zuku pay-TV and Simbanet business services brands, has raised $130 million to fund its growth and expansion in East and Southern Africa. “The new capital investment will be used to consolidate the group’s market leadership in East Africa and to extend our services across East and Southern Africa. We will […]

Average cable broadband speed overtakes fibre

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The average broadband speed delivered by cable services is now faster than that of fibre, according to Ofcom research. In the six months to May 2014, the average speed delivered by cable broadband reached 43.3Mbit/s, overtaking the average speed for fibre connections for the first time (42.0Mbit/s). Ofcom’s eleventh report measures

Virgin Media seeks Premier League rights review

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UK quad-play operator Virgin Media has asked UK comms regulator Ofcom to open a formal investigation under the Competition Act 1998 into the arrangements by which the FA Premier League sells live UK television rights to its games. Virgin Media considers that significant consumer harm resulting from escalating rights costs can be addressed by targeted changes to the way in […]

upc cablecom acquires Komtech Group

The owners of Komtech Group, parent company of Telekabel Arbon, Schefer and Grischa Vision, have confirmed they are selling 100 per cent of their shares to upc cablecom. The three cable networks have been partners of the company for many years. The cable operators Telekabel Arbon, Schefer and Grischa Vision provide around 23,000 customers with telecommunications services in the regions […]

Fries: Netflix a great lesson

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, says he and Reed Hastings are far from enemies, no, “Netflix has taught us all a great lesson; all we were missing was a great app, that gives a great experience around the home and away in cool way,” he says. His answer is MyPrime, the Liberty OTT service that in the UK will […]

Clouds gather. Shift Happens.

SCTE Denver. Shifts Happen was the pithy up sum on how cable has to keep on keeping up with every new innovation that tries to eat its lunch. It was provided by retiring Time Warner Cable CTO Mike LaJoie and was the prelude to a keynote by Tony Werner, Comcast’s current CTO, where he ran through all the bumps there […]

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