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Vodafone invests in Dutch TV platform

Vodafone is making its TV platform available on DSL across the Netherlands.

Until now, Vodafone TV was only available to fibre households, but the operator has decided to roll out its multiplay services to the whole country. Called Vodafone Thuis (Vodafone at Home) consumers can choose a la carte from the services offered by Vodafone; broadband internet, fixed telephony and TV.

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Vodafone aims to become one of the top players in the Dutch TV market, which is now dominated by KPN, UPC and Ziggo. “We are investing heavily to our ambition – to bring Vodafone to the top three of the fixed operators,” said Rob Shuter, CEO Vodafone Netherlands.

“Vodafone Thuis is a building block for our future, where fixed and mobile communication services will merge with this offer. We are taking an important step in the transformation of mobile service provider to a provider of the full range of communications services. Nine out of ten households is now a customer of KPN or cable, so there is very little to choose from, so an alternative is desperately needed.”

Vodafone is leasing DSL capacity on the KPN network. The investment in the new serves will run in ‘hundreds of million of euros.’

The service is available via DSL with speeds of 20, 40, 80 Mbps, and in areas where fibre is available with 50, 100 and 500 Mbps.

The TV product offers have 54 digital channels in basic including a 25 HD channels, catch-up TV for up to ten days, and an app for smartphone or tablet.

Additional channel packages are divided into categories such as kids & music, international, entertainment and infotainment, in addition to premium packages including HBO and Fox Sports are available.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com

 

Vodafone takes majority in Hellas Online

Vodafone is paying €72.7 million to acquire a 72.7% stake in Greek broadband/phone service provider Hellas Online.

Vodafone bought an 18.5% stake in the company in 2009 and has been looking to acquire a larger share since some time. The company tried but failed in 2012 to merge with Greece’s third-biggest operator, Wind Hellas. It has also submitted a joint bid with Wind for Greece’s biggest subscription TV provider Forthnet.

The new deal will bring Vodafone’s total stake above 91%, and is expected to close in Q4. The combination with its Greek unit will make it the second-largest integrated phone company in Greece by revenue.

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Hellas had 519K customers at the end of 2013, good for an estimated 11% market share. It had 2013 revenue of €227.4 million, and EBITDA of €68.4 million.

OTE (Hellenic Telecom), whose two largest shareholders are Deutsche Telekom and the Greek government, is the largest phone company in the country and reported €4.05 billion in sales last year.

The deal follows Vodafone’s acquisitions of German cabler Kabel Deutschland and Spanish cable operator ONO.

In March 2009, Hellas launched an IPTV service, featuring access to free-to-air channels, plus dedicated news, information, music, children’s and sports channels, as well as a VOD service.

Source: www.broadbandtvnews.com