NTL Ireland, the cable operator soon to be taken over by UnitedGlobalCom (UGC), has begun trialling new triple play technologies, including VoIP and Wi-Fi services, and increased the speeds of its broadband packages. NTL says it would like to roll out a VoIP solution by year end and hopes to convert the 100,000 existing users of its digital TV service to the technology. Meanwhile, the cableco has increased the speed of its EUR25 a month basic broadband service from 300kbps to 1Mbps, whilst its high end EUR45 offering has doubled to 3Mbps.
Earlier this week NTL Group completed the sale of NTL Ireland to MS Irish Cable Holdings, an affiliate of Morgan Stanley, for EUR325 million. Morgan Stanley will now sell on the assets to UPC Ireland, part of pan-European cable group UGC, subject to regulatory approval.