UPC mobile set to take 1-2 years

Communications giant, UPC’s planned expansion into the mobile services sector is unlikely to materialise for another two years or so.

While the broadband and digital television provider has already stated it plans to launch a mobile phone service in Ireland at some point, (something which multinational parent, Liberty Global has already done in other territories), no timeframe had been specified.

However, Magnus Ternsjo, UPC Ireland’s new chief executive, stressed yesterday it would not be an overnight move and would take one-to-two years to establish.

Mr Ternsjo was speaking after the publication of a strong set of third quarter growth indicators for the company. A 7% year-on-year increase in total subscription numbers, during the three months up to the end of September, pushed UPC’s total customer numbers to a record 1.04 million people. In all, nearly 71,000 new customers signed up in the last quarter.

Approximately one-in-three Irish homes use UPC as their primary communications provider; and one third of its customers use its complete triple play (fixed-line telephony, broadband and digital television) offering, as opposed to just one element.

Mr Ternsjo based the recent strong growth, which also saw a better-than-expected 30,000 customer take up of its Horizon television service in just two months, on strong management and staff, “groundbreaking products”, higher speed connections, better value offerings than its competitors and an overall improvement in the economy.

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