German fibre network operator Big Medienversorgung has been acquired by the country’s third largest cable company, Tele Columbus. Currently serving around 12,700 homes in the areas of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wurttemberg and Berlin, Monchengladbach-based Big aims to boost its subscriber base to approximately 16,400 by the end of 2014, via its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. Its new owner reportedly intends to provide broadband internet connection speeds of up to 150Mbps over Big’s fibre infrastructure.
According to TeleGeography’s Globalcomms Database, Tele Columbus currently provides cable TV, broadband internet access and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony services to around 1.7 million connected households in its core eastern areas of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, as well as parts of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.
‘With the inclusion of Big Medienversorgung in the Tele Columbus Group, we combine the best of two worlds: The regional distribution strength and quality fibre infrastructure of Big with the attractive internet and telephone-product world of Tele Columbus,’ said Stefan Beberweil, CCO at Tele Columbus. Details of the cost of the purchase have not yet been revealed.