Poland prepares for Horizon

May 8, 2014 13.44 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

HorizonBoxPoland will be the next country in Liberty Globalís European operations to launch Horizon.

Speaking in a conference call accompanying the companyís latest set of results, Mike Fries did not provide an exact date for the launch but said that the service would employ a cloud-based RDK platform that is supported by Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

CTO Balan Nair added another version of the RDK platform, known as 1.2 and offering more functionality, would be introduced in 2015.

Poland will be the fifth market to launch Horizon and the first in CEE.

UPC Polska had been previously expected to launch the service in 2013.

Horizon has achieved the most success to date in Switzerland, where it has 160,000 customers and a 24% penetration of the digital TV subscriber base.

Separately, UPC Polska says that as of the end of Q1 nearly 80% of its internet subscribers opted for speeds of 30 Mbps and above.

Its TV offer consisted of over 190 digital channels, of which 47 were in HD, along with additional packages, including Canal+ and HBO, plus over 5,000 VOD programmes, half of which were free.

UPC Polska has also announced that its free WiFi hotspot service, available to its subscribers, has been extended to the city of Krakow.

It was launched on a trial basis in Sopot, on the Baltic coast, in April.