The ink is barely dry on Liberty Global’s recently approved deals to buy Base in
In a research note following a meeting with Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries, Paolo Pescatore, director of multiplay and media at CCS Insight, noted: “Rumours will continue to link Liberty Global with mobile operators in the
In Pescatore’s view, a merger with Three UK “would certainly be feasible in line with CK Hutchison's deal with Wind in
Although Liberty Global already owns Virgin Media in the
Pescatore made the comments in a general overview of Liberty Global’s strategy, which he believes is of some concern because he thinks the group is not making the most of its cross-selling opportunities to existing customers.
“By placing greater focus on mobile connectivity and on content Liberty Global can differentiate its offerings in all markets,” Pescatore said.
Liberty Global focuses primarily on its existing MVNO arrangements and Wi-Fi networks elsewhere in
Pescatore added that his discussions with Fries did indicate that Liberty Global has more deals in the pipeline. As things stand, its two strategic priorities are content and connectivity; it is now working increasingly with partners to produce exclusive original content for its cable customers, the analyst noted.
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