Telenet (Belgium)

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Telenet Group Holding N.V.
Type Naamloze vennootschap
Traded as EuronextTNET
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1996
Headquarters Mechelen, Belgium
Key people John Porter (CEO), Frank Donck (Chairman)
Products Cable television
Broadband Internet
Fixed telephony
Mobile telephony
Revenue €1.299 billion (2010)[1]
Operating income €1,520,967,030 (2012)[1]
Profit €245,117,476(2012)[1]
Total assets €2,614,075,669(2012)[1]
Total equity €525,787,788(2012)[1]
Employees 2028,8 (FTE, end 2012)[1]
Website www.telenet.be

Telenet Group is the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium. Its business comprises the provision of analog and digital cable television, fixed and mobile telephone services, primarily to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels. In addition, Telenet offers services to business customers all across Belgium and in Luxembourg under its brand Telenet Solutions.

Since 11 October 2005, Telenet has been listed on the Euronext stock exchange under the ticker TNET.

Internet[edit]

Telenet has offered its residential service since 1997 under the brand name Telenet Internet through the combination of its broadband cable network, which passes some 2.4 million homes in Flanders and a part of the Brussels region. All of the networks through which Telenet offers residential services in Flanders have been upgraded to a two way digital hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) standard, and Telenet has direct relationships with all of its Internet and telephony customers.

Telenet acquired a large network of Wi-Fi hotspots in addition to its cable Internet service through its acquisition of Sinfilo.

Its main competitors on the cable broadband Internet market are Numericable and VOO in the Brussels region, and Belgacom, the leader of the Belgian DSL market in the Flanders and Brussels regions.

Telenet also offers voice, data and Internet services to its business customers under the brand name Telenet Solutions through its optical fiber backbone, by its acquisition of Codenet, which covers all of Belgium and Luxembourg.

Hosting services[edit]

In January 2008, Telenet acquired Hostbasket, Belgium's largest hosting company, to offer services appropriate for organisations and companies. Hostbasket offers "classic hosting" (domain names, shared webhosting, online backup, antivirus,...), infrastructure solutions (dedicated servers, co-location) and applications (hosted Exchange, hosted SharePoint, hosted CRM, ...).

Telephony[edit]

Fixed telephony[edit]

Since 1998, Telenet has offered fixed telephony using its cable network, currently[when?] under the brand name Telenet Freephone. Today,[when?] it has more than 600,000 customers.

Its main competitors on the Belgian fixed telephone market are Numericable and VOO in Brussels, using optic fibre. Its other main competitor is Belgacom, leader of the Belgian DSL market.

It has released FreePhone Mobile in November 2011. This is a free option which allows its customers to call all mobile lines for free during the morning and evenings. An extra option called FreePhone Mobile 24 is available as well. This allows customers to call mobile lines all day.

Mobile telephony[edit]

Since July 2006, Telenet Mobile offers mobile telephony services as a full MVNO, using the Mobistar MNO-network (Orange). Today[when?] it has more than 80,000 customers. It competes with the mobile network operators Proximus, owned by the Belgian state owned telecommunications company Belgacom, and Base, a subsidiary of the Dutch KPN.

In 2009, Telenet acquired the Belgian retail store network of BelCompany from the Dutch Macintosh Retail Group.

Telenet is considering participation in the public auction of a fourth nationwide GSM-license in 2010.

Television[edit]

Cable television[edit]

Telenet launched Telenet Digital TV interactive television on its cable television network on September 3, 2005.

Current[when?] cable customers need not pay an extra subscription to receive digital TV, but they must purchase or rent a set-top box in order to view the digital TV channels and to use the interactive services based on the Multimedia Home Platform.

Telenet also rolled out high definition television services during 2008.

In July 2008 Telenet reached an agreement with Interkabel's INDI regarding the acquisition of its 800,000 cable TV customers.

Its main competitors on the Belgian digital television market (DVB-C) are Numericable and VOO in the Brussels region. Other competitors are Belgacom TV IPTV and TV Vlaanderen Digitaal (DVB-S), owned by Belgacom and an Airbridge Investments -Providence Equity Partners consortium, in the Flanders and Brussels regions.

Set-top boxes[edit]

The Digibox (standard high definition set-top box) and Digicorder (high definition personal video recorder) are made by Advanced Digital Broadcast.

Pay TV[edit]

logo of Sporting Telenet (nl)

Telenet also offers several premium TV channel packs including:

Digital Terrestrial Television: Teletenne[edit]

On 21 June 2012, Telenet launched its pay TV digital terrestrial television based on DVB-T technology. The package includes a set-top box with antenna and accessories. Currently,[when?] the service carries 18 TV channels, and was launched by leasing capacity from the Norkring TV mast in Brussels

Ownership[edit]

Liberty Global own a 57.8% stake in Telenet.

Sponsorship[edit]

Telenet is the principal sponsor of the Belgian football club KV Mechelen and a secondary sponsor of Club Brugge, another Belgian football club, and the Belgian Fidea Cycling Team. Both football clubs are active in the Belgian Pro League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2010". Telenet Group. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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