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UPC Broadband
Liberty Global, Inc.
Type Private company
Founded as United Philips Cable, Netherlands
Area served Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Hungary
Ireland
Netherlands
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Switzerland
Key people President and Chief Operating Officer of UPC Broadband, Gene M. Musselman
Industry Communications
Products Cable television
communications
Parent Liberty Global
Website Liberty Global
UPC Ireland
UPC Netherlands

UPC Broadband is a Pan-European Communications company owned by Liberty Global and is active in several European countries providing bundled cable television, internet and telephone services.

UPC was founded in the Netherlands, originally as United Philips Cable and later Pan-Europe Communications, before being bought out by Liberty Global. UPC serves about 6.6 million analogue cable television subscribers in 12 countries of Europe, and is the absolutely dominant provider in countries like the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. UPC has previously had operations in France, Sweden and Norway but these business units have been sold off.

In Ireland, UPC have approximately 1,769,292 customers or 41.7%, [1][2]

In 2005, Liberty Global Europe bought the Romanian communications company Astral Telecom for $420 million, the Swiss communications company Cablecom for CHF2.8 billion, and the Slovenian communications company UPC Telemach for EUR71 million. In 2007 UPC Telemach also bought 66.7%[3] of Ljubljanski kabel (major competition in Ljubljana) and grew its market share to 40% in Slovenia.

Liberty Global's European operations is divided into two business units, UPC Broadband and Chello, or Chellomedia; which is also a very large media provider on the European continent.

As of Friday March 12th, 2010 there has been problems with UPC users being able to access Wikipedia.org in the Netherlands.

Companies in the UPC unit:

References

  1. ^ NTL report approximate customer number in Ireland, for Chorus and NTL
  2. ^ Irish Central Statistics Office figures for average number of persons per household
  3. ^ Spletno Delo

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