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Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)

Formed in 1999, this is one of the extraordinary stories in Central and Eastern Europe in pay TV. Operating as Cyfrowy Polsat, in 2011 it acquired its major shareholder’s other content business, one of the strongest TV companies in Telewizja Polsat, a Polish TV broadcaster with 33 TV channels for $1.3 billion. It offers TV, broadband and mobile telephony, with the broadband being delivered over fixed wireless LTE. Controlled by billionaire Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, it went public in 2008, but remains 68% controlled by him. It now delivers TV via DTH satellite and has been so successful it has gone on to acquire Polkomtel in 2014, a local MNO which today has over 10 million customers in a deal worth $5.5bn.…

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