Unitymedia and Kabel BW grow in Germany

Jörn Krieger | 05-11-2012

The two German cable subsidiaries of US media company Liberty Global continued to record strong growth in Q3 2012, mainly at the services supplementing the basic cable TV subscription.

Between July and September 2012, Unitymedia and Kabel BW won a total of 94,500 new Internet and 88,600 new telephony customers.

The TV business counted a loss of 25,900 which the company attributes to a price increase for basic cable subscriptions and the loss of a housing association as a B2B customer. The share of digital TV households rose from 28% to 32% compared with 12 months ago.

Just over a quarter (26%) of the total of 7 million customers have a triple play package of digital-TV, Internet and telephony - 4% more than last year. With 96% of the 12.6 million reachable homes almost the whole cable network has now been upgraded for Internet download speeds of between 100-150Mbps.

Both Liberty Global subsidies have been operating under a joint roof since 1 July 2012, with the customer brands Unitymedia and Kabel BW remaining in use in their respective local footprints. Covering federal states North-Rhine Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen, Unitymedia Kabel BW is Germany's second largest cable operator after Kabel Deutschland.