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Portuguese cable operator CabovisÃ£o plans to introduce a 100 Mbps broadband offer soon, enabling it to compete more effectively with other cable operators on the triple-play front.
Speaking during a press conference in Lisbon, company president, Jules Grenier, said that in six months time CabovisÃ£o will be on the same technological level of its rivals, with an identical TV, telephony and internet offer, including High Definition content and video-on-demand.
Currently, CabovisÃ£o has 13,000 kilometers of fibre optic coverage, despite not being present in the center of Lisbon. The operator serves some 276,000 subs, 47 per cent of which have triple-play.
Grenier denied that CabovisÃ£o is up for sale, despite receiving proposals, pointing out that the company's goal is to continue investing in Portugal. However, he did not reject the possibility of acquiring units of other companies that are up for sale, such as cable operators Bragatel and Pluricanal.
CabovisÃ¢o has announced plans to offer up to expand its HD line-up to 20 channels in order to better match its competition. The HD offerings will include sports, movies, documentaries and music channels. CabovisÃ¢o will also expand its VOD offering, both in HD and SD.