Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has acquired regional cableco Kabel-TV Stadl-Paura, which operates in the Wels-Land district. The smaller company’s network will be integrated into UPC Austria in the spring of 2016, UPC has confirmed. Kabel-TV Stadl-Paura has been operating in the municipality of Stadl-Paura (Upper Austria) for 22 years, and currently offers TV, broadband and voice telephony services. The acquisition closed on 1 December 2015.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, with a 19.5% market share, UPC is the second largest internet service provider (ISP) in Austria, behind A1 Telekom Austria. Nevertheless, as of 30 September 2015, cable broadband subscriptions made up some 32.0% of all high speed internet connections, with small-scale regional players accounting for the bulk of the remainder, including the likes of CableLink in Salzburg and Linz-based LIWEST.