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Liberty buys Swiss MSO

Fri, 09/30/2005 - 6:00am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Liberty Global Inc. has inked a deal to acquire Cablecom Holdings AG, the largest cable operator in Switzerland, for $2.18 billion.

The figure is below Cablecom's announced, but now scrapped, IPO pricing of $2.2 billion to $2.7 billion.

Liberty, which hopes to close the deal in October, said Cablecom is a component of its "core strategic objective" to expand its footprint in Europe.

Cablecom has more than 2 million video, voice and data subs. With it, Liberty will have about 17 million revenue generating units worldwide.

"Cablecom fits perfectly into our long-range growth plans," said Liberty Global President & CEO Mike Fries, in a statement.

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