Essent Kabelcom owners mull sale of unit

6 Jun 2006

The owners of Dutch cable operator Essent Kabelcom are considering selling off unit, according to reports in Telecompaper. Essent currently offers energy and cable services in the Netherlands, but is looking to focus its efforts solely on energy provision. It is looking for a buyer that will build up Essent Kabelcom’s position in the domestic radio market for radio, TV, voice and internet access services and has invited a ‘limited number of parties’ to bid for the unit.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Essent Kabelcom is the second largest cable company in the Netherlands and an important player in the Dutch cable sector. It resulted from the 2000 merger of CasTel and Palet Kabelcom. Essent Kabelcom is active in the areas of telecoms, data communications, radio, TV, and internet access services, both for the consumer market and for the business sector. Its network coverage extends to over five million people in the North, East, and South of the country, delivered through 1.7 million cable connections. Its broadband services are marketed under the @Home Kabelinternet with Breedband banner and offered as Family, Basis and Budget packages.

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