The Belgian city of Antwerp is to sell its stake in cable operator Integan. The city is the largest shareholder of the inter communal network with a 64.7% share. The remaining shares are owned by thirteen municipalities around Antwerp. The network serves 217,000 homes and is part of the Interkabel consortium.
Potential buyers include Interelektra and Telenet. Interelectra is also owned by municipalities and a partner in Interkabel. Together with WVEM and PBE they offer the digital In-Di platform available to one third of all viewers in Flanders. Such a move would be a natural fit, but Telenet also has expressed interest to extend their footprint should Antwerp decide to sell the network.
Currently Telenet and Interkabel are locked in a dispute over the introduction of interactive TV services over the Interkabel networks by In-Di. Telenet claims they have the exclusive right to offer such services over the four Interkabel networks.