Unitymedia Kabel BW, the German cable operator owned by US media company Liberty Global, has completed the upgrade of its networks with EuroDOCSIS 3.0 technology in the town of Lengerich, located in the Steinfurt district of North Rhine-Westphalia. Around 5,000 households in the town are now able to access broadband internet at maximum download speeds of up to 150Mbps, following investment of around EUR230,000 (USD295,000). Lengerich is the latest town in Steinfurt to benefit from Unitymedia’s network upgrade, with over 100,000 households in the district now able to access the cableco’s high speed services.
Unitymedia Kabel BW was formed on 1 July 2012 following the completion of Liberty Global’s merger of Unitymedia, which operates networks in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, and Baden-Wurttemberg-based Kabel BW, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Liberty purchased Unitymedia in January 2010 for an enterprise value of EUR3.5 billion, before snapping up Kabel BW from Swedish private equity firm EQT in March 2011 for EUR3.16 billion.