Hyperoptic, a UK-based alternative service provider, may not be the size of BT and Virgin Media, but it has one thing these established providers don't have: a 1 Gbps Fiber to the Building offering that now reaches 20,000 homes.
BSkyB's recent proposal to acquire the wireline assets of Telefonica's O2 UK subsidiary is facing a review by the UK's Office of Fair Trading.
Concurrent said it struck a deal with British MSO Virgin Media, which will use its MediaHawk product to power its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere service.
Virgin Media, in the throes of being acquired by Liberty Global for $23.3 billion, is still plowing ahead with a TV Anywhere (others call it TV Everywhere) effort and has chosen Concurrent for its content delivery network (CDN) technology.
BSkyB (Sky) will immediately become the second largest broadband provider under BT, surpassing the country's largest cable MSO Virgin Media, with its purchase of Telefonica's O2 and BE broadband subsidiaries.
Liberty Global will be a different-looking company after it completes its $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media. Among other things, the media giant will create a new U.K. plc and will "redomicile from Delaware to the U.K. by becoming a subsidiary of a new holding company," a story in Broadband TV News said.
Liberty Global said late Tuesday that it agreed to buy Virgin Media for $23.3 billion in stock and cash, a deal that could see Liberty reach more than 25 million subscribers in 14 countries.
Shares in Virgin Media jumped nearly 17 percent Tuesday morning after the British cable MSO confirmed it is negotiating a "possible transaction" with Liberty Global, the international cable company founded by U.S. cable pioneer John Malone.
Virgin Media Business scored the first UK contract to provide free citywide coverage Wi-Fi services to the UK cities of Bradford and Leeds, the first cities to get the service outside London.
The leading UK operators have renamed their mobile payments joint venture "Weve" and are teaming up to offer customers specialised services. The JV, previously known as Project Oscar, will launch commercially as Weve early next year, offering customers of the three operators tailored services such as news, apps and m-payments.