Liberty Global and Vodafone to merge Dutch operations

Liberty Global Plc and Vodafone Group Plc have announced that Liberty Global Europe Holding BV and Vodafone International Holdings BV have reached an agreement to merge their operating businesses in the Netherlands to form a 50:50 joint venture. The JV will operate under both the Vodafone and Ziggo brands and will create a nationwide integrated communications provider with over 15 million revenue generating units, of which 4.2 million are video, 3.2 million are high-speed broadband, 2.6 million are fixed-line telephony and 5.3 million are mobile4.
By combining Ziggo’s market-leading Horizon TV product suite, 200 Mbpsnationwide broadband internet and extensive Wi-Fi network, together with Vodafone’s market-leading, data-rich 4G mobile propositions, Dutch consumers will enjoy a high-quality customer experience with superior connectivity and entertainment both in and outside the home.
In addition, the JV will become a leading national enterprise business through the combination of Vodafone’s B2B expertise, product portfolio and strong distribution footprint together with Ziggo’s B2B operations and its high-capacity nationwide cable network. This will ensure sustainable competition in the small, medium and large business segments across the Netherlands, which will benefit the overall Dutch economy.