UPC Netherlands

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UPC Nederland B.V.
Type Besloten Vennootschap
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1998
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Area served Parts of:
North Brabant
North Holland
South Holland
Products Cable television
Broadband Internet
Parent Liberty Global
Website upc.nl

UPC Netherlands (Dutch: UPC Nederland) is the second largest cable operator in the Netherlands, providing cable television (digital and analogue), broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers.


UPC Netherlands was formed in 1995 as a joint venture between the Philips Electronics and United International Holdings, a US-owned media company, setting off on a path of quick acquisition of the Netherlands' then mostly regional TV cable operators, many of whom were already partially owned by Philips.[1] The South-Eastern and Eastern cable networks were unified under the UPC name in 1998,[2] with other networks, the largest being the Amsterdam A2000 network, joining later.

Some of the larger cable companies bought by UPC were: A2000 (Amsterdam and surrounding regions), Telekabel (Gelderland, Brabant, and Friesland), Gelrevision (Northern part of the Veluwe, South-east Flevoland and East Gelderland),[3] Eneco K&T (Rotterdam and surrounding regions),[4] Combivisie (Brabant)[5] and several smaller and mid-sized networks. Now the UPC customer base consists of approximately 1.7 million subscribers.


UPC Netherlands offers analogue and digital cable television, broadband Internet access, and voice over IP telephone services.

Cable television[edit]

A Pace set-top box with a UPC smart card and remote, used by UPC Netherlands.

Digital television[edit]

UPC Netherlands provides about 200 television channels including about 51 in HD[6] and also more than 100 radio channels,[7] DVR service, video-on-demand content, catch-up TV from public television broadcasters and commercial television stations and interactive television using the DVB-C specification.[8] UPC uses the Nagravision conditional access system. Nevertheless about 40 TV channels and also 40 radio channels are transmitted in clear (unencrypted).[9]

A new high-end set-top box called Horizon got its first release in the Netherlands on September 7, 2012. It incorporates television, internet and telephone services in one device. It has six tuners, a modem and a router on board.[10]

Analogue television[edit]

There are about 30 analogue television channels and about 40 analogue radio channels available.[11]


UPC Netherlands was in 2008 the first cable company in Europe to be using the new EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable standard. This new standard made it possible to achieve speeds comparable to fiber, up to 120 Mb/s. As of July 2014, UPC offers the following subscription forms:[12]

Name Download speed Upload speed Monthly cost
50 Mbit/s Internet 50 Mbit/s 5 Mbit/s €36.50
120 Mbit/s Internet 120 Mbit/s 12 Mbit/s €44
200 Mbit/s Internet 200 Mbit/s 20 Mbit/s €54

Internet subscriptions include a Basic Cable TV and Radio (both analog and digital) subscription.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company History: United Pan-Europe Communications NV". International Directory of Company Histories. The Gale Group. 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "UPC and Nuon Create Largest Dutch Cable Company: United TeleKabel Holding" (Press release). United International Holding, Inc. 13 November 1997. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Femme Taken (September 7, 1999). "A2000 / Telekabel / Gelrevision = Chello" (in Dutch). Tweakers.net. 
  4. ^ Stéphane Alonso and Jochen van Barschot (January 15, 2000). "UPC verslindt alles" (in Dutch). Trouw. 
  5. ^ "Telekabel/UPC lijft ook Combivisie in" (in Dutch). Trouw. December 18, 1997. 
  6. ^ UPC. "TV-zenderoverzicht" (in Dutch). UPC. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ UPC (August 31, 2012). "UPC voegt veel televisie- en radiozenders toe aan digitaal aanbod" (in Dutch). UPC. 
  8. ^ UPC (October 9, 2013). "Digitale ontvanger voor DVB-C". UPC. 
  9. ^ UPC (March 27, 2013). "Alle klanten van UPC krijgen standaard digitale TV" (in Dutch). UPC. 
  10. ^ Robert Briel (September 7, 2012). "UPC launches Horizon in Holland". Broadband TV News. 
  11. ^ UPC (September 9, 2012). "Kabel TV en Radio" (in Dutch). UPC. 
  12. ^ UPC (October 9, 2013). "Razendsnel en draadloos internetten - Internet - UPC Nederland". UPC. 
  13. ^ UPC (October 23, 2013). (in Dutch). UPC http://www.upc.nl/internet/internet-50-mbps/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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