Telenet Group Holding NV, through its subsidiaries, provides media and communication services in Belgium. Services The company, through its broadband network, offers cable television, including premium television services, broadband Internet, and telephony services to residential subscribers in Flanders and certain communes in Brussels, as well as broadband Internet, data, and voice services in the business market throughout Belgium. The company also offers mobile telephony services as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which acquires wholesale airtime capacity from the Belgian mobile telephone operator, Mobistar NV. Analog Television: The basic cable television is the principal medium for the provision of television services in Flanders. As of December 31, 2008, the company’s basic analog and digital television services reached a total of 2,402,500 subscribers. Its total basic television subscribers comprise 1,729,000 subscribers receiving an analog television service and 673,500 digital television subscribers to either the Telenet Digital TV or the acquired INDI digital service platform. Digital and Premium Television: The company, with its interactive digital television (iDTV) service, offers a range of basic digital channels, together with certain interactive features, in addition to a range of basic analog channels. Its digital cable television service includes a combination of premium sports and film channels, a range of thematic channels, and various on-demand and other interactive features. Its premium content is acquired through various studio contracts, including Universal Studios, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Disney, and Warner Brothers. As of December 31, 2008, the company had a total of 674,000 subscribers to its digital television services, including 609,000 subscribers to the Telenet Digital TV product and 65,000 subscribers to the INDI digital TV service. To access its premium iDTV offerings, the company offers digital set top boxes in a sale or a rental model. It offers a choice of ‘Digibox’ and ‘Digicorder’ set top boxes with alternative specifications and functionality, such as the ability to record and playback digital content viewed on its service and to allow for high definition broadcasting. Broadband Internet: The company provides residential broadband Internet services in Flanders. Through its hybrid fiber coaxial upgraded network, the company offers its residential subscribers a broadband Internet service at a downstream data transfer speed of up to 25 MBps. It also offers narrowband and wireless Internet services. Using Internet-only cable modems and dual purpose Internet and telephony modems to connect subscribers to the combined network, its residential offerings include multiple tiers, which range from Telenet ‘BasicNet’, which allows end users to receive data from the Internet at a ‘downstream’ data transfer speed of up to 1 MBps to ‘TurboNet XL’, which offers end users a downstream speed of approximately 25 MBps. As of December 31, 2008, its total broadband Internet subscribers reached 985,000. Telephony: The company offers its residential subscribers local, national, and international long distance fixed line telephony services, mobile telephony services, and various value added features. As of December 31, 2008, it had 629,000 fixed telephony subscribers. Business Services: The company offers a range of voice, data, and Internet products and services that are tailored to the size and needs of each customer. It provides services to business customers throughout Belgium and parts of Luxembourg. The company’s business customers include small and medium size enterprises with between 5 and 100 employees; larger corporations; public, healthcare, and educational institutions; and carrier customers that include international voice, data, and Internet service providers. Acquisitions In October 2008, the company acquired Interkabel’s cable network assets and customer base (approximately 680,000 analogue and approximately 70,000 digital customers).
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