Cable network operator UPC Norge has been renamed Get, following a change in the company’s ownership at the start of the year. Former parent Liberty Global decided to exit Norway in 2005, agreeing to sell its entire stake in UPC Norge to private equity group Candover Partners for a total enterprise value of EUR450 million (USD565 million); the transaction was closed in January 2006.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the newly renamed Get is, alongside Telenor’s Canal Digital Kabel, the main player in the Norwegian cable TV market. It launched voice services in April 1999, and has offered triple-play telephony, internet and cable TV services since late 2001. Its cable network was upgraded to 860MHz hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable in 2001, and covers Oslo, Asker, Buskerud, Østfold, Bergen, Stavanger, Haugesund, Kristiansand and Trondheim in the south of Norway. It offers the country’s fastest broadband internet connections at download speeds of up to 26Mbps. As of 31 August 2006, Get’s network passed 491,300 homes and provided services to 368,400 analogue and 32,000 digital TV customers, 80,000 broadband internet subscribers and 33,000 telephony customers.