Liberty Global has posted encouraging Q3 results for its UPC Broadband operations in CEE. They show a recovery in its DTH subscriber figures in Hungary (up 3,200 to 162,100) and Slovakia (up 900 to 23,200) in the quarter despite strong competition from the RCS/RDS-owned platform DigiTV in both countries. The DTH subscriber total also grew in Romania (up 12,400 to 86,500) but fell slightly in the Czech Republic (800 to 126,700).
Although the company lost analogue cable subscribers across the board, digital cable take-up grew where service are available. In the Czech Republic, the company ended the quarter with 67,900 digital cable customers and could reach 100,000 by the end of the year. Take-up of Internet and VoIP services also rose across the board. UPC Broadband’s revenues in the region in the quarter amounted to $299.8 million (€204.6 million), or 39.6% more than in the corresponding period in 2006.