The CEO of Polish cableco UPC, Robert Redeleanu, says the firm is still looking at acquisitions to enlarge its footprint, despite having called off a planned merger with smaller rival Multimedia Polska earlier this year due to regulators’ competition concerns. The Warsaw Business Journal quotes him as stating: ‘We still see opportunities [in] the market, and we will have to re-evaluate them. Our biggest challenge is to maintain organic growth.’ The Liberty Global unit currently has high speed networks passing some 3.3 million Polish homes.
Meanwhile, with Liberty Global recently having agreed a deal to offload some of its operations in central and eastern Europe – selling units in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic to Vodafone – Redeleanu says that UPC Poland is not up for sale. He insists that the firm is continuing with its plans to spend PLN4 billion (USD1.1 billion) under its 2016-2021 investment strategy. As part of this plan, UPC is set to launch a 1Gbps broadband service later this year supported by DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
Finally, UPC is expecting to relaunch its MVNO offer early in 2019, having previously announced a change of host network provider from Orange Polska to P4. The cableco has so far failed to carve a niche in the local mobile market, but it is hoping a renewed push in the sector, targeting existing customers with multi-play converged bundles, will bring more success.