The Romanian incumbent Romtelecom has posted a surprise fall in TV subscriber numbers, with the 1,207,461 recorded at the end of June being 1.2% lower than a year earlier.
Concerns have been raised in the Balkan region that OTE may sell one of its businesses in Albania, Bulgaria and Romania to fund its debt servicing.
Business and financial news channel CNBC has been added to the bouquets of OTE.
The Greek telco OTE plans to sell Hellas Sat within the next six months and will consider disposing of other assets in order to repay loans that expire next year.
OTE-backed Romtelecom ended 2011 with a combined total of 1,179,169 subscribers to its DTH, IPTV and cable TV services, or 11.9% more than a year earlier.
Telekom Srbija has secured a loan of €470 million, €320 million of which will be used for the acquisition of 20% of shares in the company owned by Greece’s OTE and the remaining €150 million for the refinancing of existing loans.
Telekom Srbija has reached an agreement with OTE to buy back the 20% in the company currently owned by the Greek telco.
OTE’s TV subscriber base continued to grow steadily in the third quarter in both its home market Greece and in Romania, where it is the majority shareholder in the incumbent telco Romtelecom.
Greek incumbent telecoms operator OTE has launched a new satellite DTH platform on the Eutelsat Eurobird position. The telco is also integrating all of its pay TV services under one brand name, OTE TV.
The Romanian incumbent telco Romtelecom ended the second quarter with a combined total of 1,222,336 subscribers to its DTH, IPTV and cable services, a 30.9% increase on a year earlier.