A VOO to a kill: Brussels municipalities seek to terminate cable pact

11 Aug 2017

Belgian cable operator VOO could be broken up, L’Echo reports, with a number of Brussels city officials said to be keen to withdraw from the joint venture. VOO was formed in April 2006 and currently operates as a partnership between Brussels-based BruTele and Wallonia utility firm Nethys (formerly Tecteo). VOO technically comprises municipality-owned cable operators in Brussels and Wallonia, with BruTele (Brussels) and Nethys (Wallonia) retaining operational control of the separate cable assets.

In September 2013 SFR Belgium (then known as Numericable) was linked with a EUR65 million (USD76 million) takeover for the Brussels networks, but no deal ever materialised. Acquisitive domestic telco Telenet – which itself acquired SFR earlier this year – is now said to be interested in a deal for the Brussels-based assets.

As of end-2016 VOO’s footprint covered a total of 30 municipalities (24 in Wallonia and six in Brussels). The networks spanned 5,000km of HFC infrastructure and 500km of fibre-optic networks.

Belgium, Telenet (incl. BASE), VOO