UPC Broadband will consolidate its European DTH business in order to drive efficiencies and opportunities to expand the business and services provided to customers. As a result it has centralised its activities in a new company, UPC DTH S.a.r.l. based in Luxembourg.
This consolidation coincides with a recent agreement for a long term satellite position and transponder capacity with Norwegian partner Telenor (moving UPC Direct to the Thor 5 and 6 satellites) and an agreement with SES Astra Techcom for uplink services from SES home base in Betzdorf, Luxembourg. An enhanced product portfolio will become available for UPC Direct customers during 2010, including more channels and HD services. The consolidation will combine UPC Direct’s activities in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as UPC's FocusSat activities in Romania with a minimum of impact for customers.
Due to the move of UPC Direct to Thor 5 and 6, UPC has prepared a detailed transfer plan for its customers in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, that also includes attractive offers and an enriched channel line-up. Full service 'at home' support will be provided to customers in these countries in order to have their dishes turned to the Thor satellite position, starting from May.