The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK), Poland’s competition watchdog, announced yesterday that it has not yet reached a decision regarding the purchase of Polish cable operator Aster by Liberty Global, parent company of rival cableco UPC Poland. In December 2010 Liberty Global agreed to buy 100% of Aster for PLN870 million (USD292 million) subject to UOKiK approval. The decision, now in its final phase, was expected earlier this month but has been delayed several weeks due to the complexity of the case.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of March 2011 UPC Poland had a market share of 10% of the broadband market with 538,000 subscribers. Together with Aster’s 3.4% market share and 182,000 subscribers, the combined company would overtake its nearest rival Netia.