Slovak Telekom buys Digi Slovakia to boost pay-TV

21 May 2013

Slovak Telekom (ST) has agreed to buy pay-TV provider Digi Slovakia from Romanian-based group RCS&RDS. Miroslav Majoros, CEO of ST, stated: ‘Our aim in the medium term is to expand our portfolio and take advantage of growth in selected strategic segments, such as digital television. Digi Slovakia was chosen due to its well-established customer base and the availability of its services.’ Digi Slovakia was launched in 2006, and reported some 45,000 cable TV and 260,000 satellite direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers in Slovakia by end-2011 (latest available figures), and also has an unreported number of cable broadband customers, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. TeleGeography adds that ST reported 179,000 pay-TV customers at end-March 2013 (including an estimated 108,000 IPTV subscribers, up from 104,000 the previous quarter, according to its parent Deutsche Telekom), and notes that ST beat interest from Slovakia’s cable TV market leader UPC to acquire Digi.

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