“The operation reflects ICE’s aim to actively participate in the cable TV market as a provider, increasing our customers’ offering”, the company said in a statement.
This is ICE’s second recent move in the pay-TV market, launching an IPTV platform – part of the Kölbi Hogar service – in June, through which it offers up to 87 channels, available both in SD and HD.
ICE had been negotiating the deal for a few months but. However, the SUTEL, the government telecom superintendent, wanted ICE to give up the 350MHz spectrum, in order to have a more fair share of the audiovisual space. The SUTEL, however, decided to take a back off on 5 November, giving ICE the green light for the Cable Vision deal.
Cable Vision currently offers up to 100 channels on an interactive platform, plus three different Internet packages with speeds up to 4Mb.