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Virgin Media O2 reaches 400 U.K cities with its 5G network at end-Q1

Virgin Media O2 launched services in June 2021 as a JV between Liberty Global and Telefónica in the U.K U.K. operator Virgin Media O2 announced that its 5G network infrastructure had reached 400 towns and cities across the country as of the end of the...

Virgin Media O2 reaches 64% of London’s population with 5G

U.K. operator Virgin Media O2 announced that its 5G network infrastructure in the city of London has reached 64% of the population. In a release, the telco said that the expansion in its 5G footprint in London and other cities across the U.K. was chiefly...

The Sunday Brief: The John Malone CNBC interview—explained and deciphered

Holiday greetings from the Midwest (pictured is our Thanksgiving view of Table Rock Lake from our Branson family rental) and South Central US.  We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving week and look forward to seeing those of you attending CES early next month.  Speaking...

Telenet to start gradual deployment of 5G in Belgium next week

Belgian operator Telenet said it will start the gradual deployment of its 5G network in the country on December 6, the carrier said in a release. Telenet, which is controlled by U.S. company Liberty Global, said that the first 5G zones will be located around...

Samsung to launch 4G/5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the UK

Samsung Electronics announced that the company will carry out 4G and 5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the U.K. During the trials, the two companies will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in Virgin Media O2’s commercial network. The...

Virgin Media O2 officially launches in the UK

The merger between UK operators Virgin Media and O2 has officially been completed, following recent regulatory approvals in the country. The new Virgin Media O2 is one of the U.K.’s largest operators with 47 million connections including broadband, mobile, TV and fixed lines. The new business...

UK regulator provisionally clears Virgin Media/O2 JV

The U.K.’s competition authority dismissed concerns that a merger of mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media would have negative implications on wholesale services, provisionally clearing the proposed deal without conditions. In a statement, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its investigation concluded...

Liberty Global confident on closing Virgin Media/O2 JV by mid-2021: CEO

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries said that a merger of its Virgin Media UK brand with Telefonica’s local mobile operator O2 was on track to be completed this year, citing positive progress being made with regulators. The executive noted the transaction was expected to meet...

O2 expands 5G network in the UK

  After kicking off 5G services in large public venues, U.K. operator O2, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, announced that its 5G network now serves a total of 108 towns and cities across the country. O2 launched its 5G network in the UK in October 2019....

Telefonica, Liberty Global to launch 5G in 100 UK cities by end-2021

  Telefonica and Liberty Global announced the aim to offer 5G services in 100 towns and cities across the U.K. by the end of 2021, following the proposed merger of Telefonica’s O2 and Virgin Media, U.K. newspaper The Times reported. According to the report, Telefonica’s CEO...

Swisscom sees more ‘rational’ debate on 5G network deployment

  Swiss state-controlled telecoms group Swisscom believes that the debate regarding the installation of 5G infrastructure in some regions of the country is becoming more "rational" and highlighted that it could be an opportunity for 5G deployments in the medium term. “Regarding the network rollout of...

Liberty Global to acquire Swiss telco Sunrise Communications for $7.4 billion

Cable magnate John Malone's Liberty Global is buying Swiss telecom company Sunrise Communications AG in an all-cash takeover that will combine Liberty's UPC Switzerland cable operator with a wireless network operator that has one of the world's leading 5G networks. Sunrise's board is recommending that...

Liberty Global, Telefonica agree to merge UK operations

  Liberty Global and Telefonica have reached an agreement to merge their U.K. operations in a 50-50 joint venture. This move brings together the country's largest mobile operator, O2, with cable operator Virgin Media and its MVNO Virgin Mobile. The combined subscriber base of the two companies,...

Vodafone’s $21.8bn Liberty deal sets it up as European multi-play champ

British telecoms group Vodafone finally completes €18.4 billion ($21.8bn) monster deal for Liberty Global cable and broadband assets in Germany and eastern Europe to complete its decade-long journey from mobile-only carrier to the region's multi-play champ. Vodafone has struck a deal to purchase Liberty Global’s...

Vodafone confirms reports of ‘early stage’ talks with Liberty Global

Vodafone is interested in Liberty Global's "overlapping continental European assets" Vodafone Group on Monday acknowledged reports the company" in early stage discussions with Liberty Global regarding the potential acquisition of certain overlapping continental European assets owned by Liberty Global." The two companies have been down this road...

Hurricanes and fires test resiliency of cable networks

DENVER--Between an active hurricane season that wreaked havoc in Florida, Texas and Caribbean, and hard-to-control fires raging in California, communications professionals have been focused on network recovery efforts as of late. During a keynote session at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, executives discussed how cable...

Liberty Global CEO on competition between cable and telco

'Connectivity is the foundation of everything we do,' Liberty Global CEO says DENVER--Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, in a keynote presentation during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, discussed how traditional cable companies are looking beyond fixed networks to a new age where broadband connectivity can open...

Liberty Global chooses Juniper for NFV

Liberty Global intends to deploy Juniper Networks vMX virtual route reflectors to streamline operations and decrease cost of ownership Juniper Networks announced Liberty Global, the world's largest international TV and broadband company, is using its vMX platform to support a network functions virtualization (NFV) initiative....

Cable operators continue to roll out broadband services based on DOCSIS 3.1 specs

The DOCSIS 3.1 cable service interface specification could be a game changer for the internet and TV industry, providing multigigabit data speeds and interoperability among modem manufacturers and service providers. Many believe the international telecommunications standard is the first step toward bringing data-hungry technologies...

Liberty Global, Vodafone form mobile and fixed broadband joint venture

New JV, called VodafoneZiggo, unifies communications in Dutch market; combines mobile and fixed telephony with home broadband and video services. Liberty Global and Vodafone Group announced that Liberty Global Europe Holding and Vodafone International Holdings completed a transaction to combine their Dutch operations. The...

Liberty Global, Vodafone reach quad play deal

Deal will join Liberty Global, Vodafone operations in Netherlands U.K-based telecom group Vodafone and U.S. company Liberty Global reached an agreement to merge their operations in the Netherlands. Vodafone will make a cash payment to Liberty Global of €1 billion ($1.43 billion) to equalize ownership in...

European Commission clears Liberty Global carrier acquisition

EU conditions meant to guarantee competition in Belgian market The European Commission cleared the acquisition of Belgian mobile operator BASE by U.S. company Liberty Global, the European body said in a statement. In April 2015, Liberty Global’s Belgian subsidiary Telenet agreed to acquire BASE for 1.33...

Vodafone confirms talks with Liberty Global to create JV

Liberty Global operates in the Dutch market via cable firm Ziggo U.K. telecom group Vodafone confirmed it is in discussions with Liberty Global to analyze the creation of a joint venture in the Netherlands incorporating both companies’ local operating businesses. Vodafone Group said the discussions are...

Liberty Global expands LatAm cable, mobile reach with $5.3B CWC deal

Liberty Global looks to bolster LatAm LiLAC platform with proposed Cable & Wireless deal International cable telecommunications provider Liberty Global is set to expand its footprint deeper into the Latin America market through a pending acquisition of U.K.-based Cable & Wireless Communications. The deal is being...

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