INEA looks to the future

By Chris Dziadul
January 13, 2010 11.21 UK

The Polish regional cable operator INEA plans a massive overhaul of it services this year, investing PLN71 million (17.4 million), or double the amount in 2009, in the process.

Wirtualne Media reports that the company will introduce Multiroom this quarter, PVRs in Q2 and VOD later in the year. Also on the agenda is the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 to offer internet access at up to 100 Mbps and becoming a virtual mobile operator.

INEA expects to obtain funding from its own resources, bank credits and the EU, and while it does not envisage an IPO or finding a strategic investor this year such scenarios cannot be ruled out.

INEA groups together a number of cable companies located in the west of Poland. Already a triple play provider and claiming 61,000 digital subscribers at the end of 2009, its offer includes nine HD channels.