Norwegian cable broadband provider Get (formerly UPC Norge) has contracted Juniper Networks to upgrade its core network with IP/MPLS architecture. The upgrade, being carried out in conjunction with Juniper’s local partner, IPnett, will allow it to offer broadcast-quality IPTV and video-on-demand (VoD) content to multiple regional cable head-end sites in major cities throughout Norway, and will also enable broadband internet connectivity and voice over IP (VoIP) services.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, 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, which it upgraded to 860MHz hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable in 2001, covers more than 491,000 homes in Oslo and the south of the country, including Asker, Buskerud, Østfold, Bergen, Stavanger, Haugesund, Kristiansand and Trondheim. The company’s former parent Liberty Global decided to exit Norway in 2005, agreeing to sell its entire stake in the company to private equity group Candover Partners for a total enterprise value of EUR450 million in September. The transaction was closed in January 2006 and the new owners rebranded the company as Get last month. Get was the fourth largest broadband provider in Norway by subscribers at mid-2006.