Profile: Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA.O)
18 Jan 2019
Liberty Global plc (Liberty Global), incorporated on January 29, 2013, is an international telecommunications company providing communications and entertainment services. The Company operates as a television and broadband company. Its segments include Liberty Global Group and LiLAC Group. Its investments include acquisitions, network extensions and expansion, technology upgrades and the Company's initiatives to engage its people, its customers and the communities in which the Company operates. Its services are delivered to the Company's residential and business customers over its networks and include video, broadband Internet, telephony and mobile services. The Company also delivers mobile services through third-party networks as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). In certain markets, the Company also offers video services through direct-to-home (DTH) and fiber-to-the-home and digital subscriber line (DSL) networks. In addition, in the Caribbean and certain markets in Latin America, the Company provides wholesale services over its sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable networks.
The Company's operations are attributed to either its Liberty Global Group or its LiLAC Group. The Liberty Global Group includes its operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. In terms of video subscribers, the Company operates a cable network in each of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as Germany and Romania. The Liberty Global Group also includes the Company's investment in VodafoneZiggo Group Holding B.V. (VodafoneZiggo), which operates a cable network in the Netherlands, and in various content businesses.
The Company's cable operations offer multiple tiers of digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service. Its service also includes video-on-demand (VoD) access and an electronic programming guide. The Company's channel offerings include general entertainment, sports, movies, documentaries, lifestyles, news, adult, children and ethnic and foreign channels. The Company offers limited analog services in all of its broadband markets, except in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. For the Company's Horizon TV subscribers, the Company offers various features and functionalities, including over television applications for various online services, such as YouTube, Netflix, social platforms, sports experience, music, news and games. In all of its operations, the Company offers an online mobile application for viewing on a second screen called Horizon Go. Horizon Go is available on mobile devices and via an Internet portal.
In the United Kingdom, the Company offers a multimedia home gateway based on the TiVo platform under a strategic partnership agreement with TiVo Inc. The TiVo set-top boxes provide television and broadband Internet capabilities. Its Replay TV records virtually all programs across various linear channels in the countries where this service is available. Replay TV also allows its customers to replay a television program from the start even while the live broadcast is in progress. In most of its markets, the Company offers pay-per-view programming through VoD giving subscribers access to movies and television series. The Company develops its VoD services to provide a collection of programming from local and international suppliers. The Company offers multiple tiers of broadband Internet service.
The Company's Internet service includes e-mail, address book and parental controls. These services include security (anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and spam protection), online storage solutions, and Web spaces. In many of its markets, the Company offers mobile broadband services with Internet access. Subscribers to the Company's Internet service pay a fee based on the tier of service selected. The Connect Box is its wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) and telephony gateway. The Company's Community Wi-Fi is branded as Wi-Free in most of the Company's markets. The Company offers mobile services as an MVNO over third-party networks in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland and Hungary. The Company provides its mobile telephony services as full MVNOs through partnerships with a third-party mobile network operator in their respective footprints of the Company's country operations. In the United Kingdom and Hungary, the Company also provides circuit-switched telephony services.
The Company's telephony service includes a basic fixed-line telephony product for line rental and various calling plans. The Company also offers value added services, such as a personal call manager, unified messaging and a second or third phone line at an incremental cost. In addition to the Company's residential services, it offers business services in all of its European operations. For business and public sector organizations, the Company provides a range of voice, data, video, wireless and cloud-based services, as well as mobile and converged fixed-mobile services. The Company's business customers include small business, and medium and large enterprises. The Company also provides business services on a wholesale basis to other operators. The Company's business services are designed to meet the specific demands of the Company's business customers with a range of services, including data transmission speeds and virtual private networks.
The Company owns interest in VodafoneZiggo, which has a nationwide integrated broadband and mobile network in the Netherlands. VodafoneZiggo also offers nationwide mobile coverage. In addition to its residential services, VodafoneZiggo offers business services throughout the Netherlands. It also owns the Ziggo Sport channel, which is available to VodafoneZiggo customers. In addition to Horizon TV, VodafoneZiggo also offers its customers a cloud-based interactive television service using existing set-top boxes.
The LiLAC Group includes the Company's operations in Chile and Puerto Rico and its Cable & Wireless Communications Limited (CWC) operations primarily in the Caribbean and Latin America, including sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable networks. In terms of video subscribers, the Company operates fixed network capable of delivering video services in each of Chile, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and other Caribbean markets. In terms of fixed-line telephony subscribers, the Company operates a telephony network in each of Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas and in all of the Company's other Caribbean countries where the Company provides retail services. The Company's operations offer multiple tiers of digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service. All digital video services are encrypted and require a set-top box provided by it. Subscribers to the Company's basic video service pay a fixed monthly fee and generally receive video channels, including a limited number of high-definition (HD) channels, and digital and analog radio channels. This service includes VoD access and an electronic programming guide.
The Company's LiLAC Group has broadband operations predominately in Latin America and the Caribbean serving residential and business customers. The Company's sub-sea network, together with the Company's fixed-line networks and mobile platforms, allow it to offer end-to-end communications to customers. For the Company's residential customers, it offers a set of converged consumer mobile, fixed-line telephony, broadband and video services primarily across the Caribbean and Latin America regions. The Company offers mobile services throughout Latin America and Caribbean footprint, and in the Seychelles. The Company is a mobile network provider in Panama and most of its Caribbean markets, including the Bahamas and Jamaica. As a mobile network provider, the Company offers a range of voice and data services, including value-added services such as short message service (SMS), mobile Internet and e-mail access. CWC is the incumbent fixed-line telephony service provider in many of its Caribbean markets and in certain markets the sole fixed-line provider. The Company offers video services in Chile, Puerto Rico, and in most of its CWC residential markets, including Panama, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and the Bahamas.
The Company also offers a range of channel packages, including HD channels, to meet the special interest of the Company's subscribers. The Company's Internet service includes e-mail, address book and parental controls with value-added services available for additional incremental charges. The Company's value-added services include security measures and online storage. It offers connectivity and wholesale solutions to carriers and businesses throughout the Caribbean and in parts of Latin America. The Company's sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable networks include long-haul terrestrial backbone and metro fiber networks that provide access to commercial zones, wireless carrier cell sites and customers in markets within its operating footprint.
The Company offers a range of information and communication technology solutions to businesses and governmental agencies, including a suite of cloud-based services, as well as a suite of commercial grade triple-play services. The Company's telephony and telecommunication services include call handling, teleconferencing, voice mail and other calling features, as well as security, surveillance and backup services. The Company delivers data and fixed-line telephony over its broadband network in the Company's European markets and its Latin America and Caribbean markets. For the Company's operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, it delivers data and fixed-line telephony over various fixed networks, including cable and copper networks.
Liberty Global PLC
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