German cable network operator Unitymedia, which is owned by UK-based Liberty Global, has announced that it is now able to offer maximum broadband speeds of 400Mbps to ten million households across its cable footprint, representing roughly a quarter of all German homes. The company’s high speed hybrid network comprises a combination of fibre-optic and coaxial cables and is present in the three federal states of North-Rhine Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Wurttemberg. Unitymedia CEO Lutz Schuler is quoted as saying that the cableco is working on potentially introducing maximum speeds of 1Gbps across its networks in the future.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Unitymedia first introduced 400Mbps broadband speeds to around 40% of the roughly 12.7 million households passed by its cable network in February this year. Liberty Global purchased Unitymedia (operating in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse) in January 2010 for EUR3.5 billion (USD3.8 billion), before snapping up Baden-Wurttemberg-based Kabel BW from Swedish private equity firm EQT in March 2011 for EUR3.16 billion. The merger of the two cablecos was completed on 1 July 2012, and in April last year the Kabel BW brand was dropped in favour of the Unitymedia moniker.