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Sunday 17 December 2017

UPC customer base hits the million mark

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Communications provider UPC says the number of subscribers to its TV, broadband and telephony services in Ireland has topped one million.

Owned by US-based Liberty Global, UPC said that during 2012 the number of subscribers to its broadband service rose 18pc to 304,300, while it added 46pc more subscribers to its telephony service, to bring the figure to 238,000.

Subscriber numbers to its digital TV platform rose by just 6,400 during the year to 337,800. Dana Strong, the chief executive of UPC Ireland, told the Irish Independent that she was happy with the modest rise given the maturity of the TV market.

The company's overall subscriber base was 988,700 at the end of December, 11pc more than at the end of 2011. UPC said the overall subscriber figure had breached the one million mark this week.

UPC has invested about €500m in its network so it can offer customers extremely fast broadband and enhanced TV services.

Ms Strong insisted that despite fresh competition from Sky, which has launched a broadband and telephony product in Ireland within the past few months, UPC's investment in its network meant it would continue to be able to offer innovative and competitive services.

UPC is planning to launch its Horizon TV service in Ireland and Germany later this year. The service enables subscribers to synchronise their TV sets with mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

UPC doesn't break out financial data for its Irish operation as part of the results released yesterday.

But in its 'other western Europe' markets, which includes Ireland, revenue decreased 5pc last year to $848.4m.

Irish Independent

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