Eurobites: Liberty Global considers Sunrise stake sale – report

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands RAN gig at Portugal's MEO; Motorola to open R&D center in Ireland, CityFibre connects in Cambridgeshire.

Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe

July 8, 2024

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 A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Liberty Global in Denver, Colorado, on July 22, 2018
(Source: Kristoffer Tripplaar/Alamy Stock Photo)
  • Liberty Global, the US-based cable company, is considering selling off a stake in Sunrise Telecom, its Swiss unit, ahead of a planned spinoff later this year, according to a Reuters report. Citing three unnamed people "familiar with the matter," Reuters says that discussions have taken place with several investors. It was back in February that Liberty Global revealed plans to spin off 100% of Sunrise in the second half of this year as part of a broader strategy that included the formation of a new holding company for Telenet and VodafoneZiggo, and a "fixed NetCo" spanning 16 million homes served by the company's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks.

  • Nokia has landed a multi-year 5G RAN upgrade contract with Portuguese converged operator MEO. The Finnish vendor will supply its usual range of AirScale equipment, powered by its own ReefShark system-on-a-chip technology, including massive MIMO, baseband and remote radio head systems for both indoor and outdoor settings. MEO will also use Nokia's MantaRay SON network optimization software.

  • Motorola Solutions is to open a new research and development center in Cork, Ireland, generating around 200 jobs. The facility will focus on designing software for Motorola's land mobile radio (LMR) portfolio, with plans for expansion across other technologies in the future.

  • UK altnet CityFibre has connected the first customer to its new gigabit network in the eastern English county of Cambridgeshire, via Vodafone. Based in the village of Grantchester, film lecturer Josh Newman will be able to enjoy symmetrical speeds of 2.2 Gbit/s, Vodafone's fastest home broadband service. CityFibre is in the process of rolling out its 10Gbit/s-capable full-fiber networks to around 465,000 hard-to-reach homes through the government-funded Project Gigabit program.

    Vodafone customer Josh Newman
  • Commsworld, an Edinburgh-based business connectivity company, has appointed its human resources director, Denise McDonnell, to its board. In the last few years Commsworld has secured multi-million-pound public sector contracts with Northumberland County Council, North Lanarkshire Council and Renfrewshire Council, as well as providing connectivity across a number of high-profile events such as COP26 and the Euro 2020 soccer championships.

About the Author(s)

Paul Rainford

Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.

He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.

During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.

Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.

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