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Elisa, Starman deal to create Estonia’s first quad play provider

Nordic cable consolidation has taken another twist this week, with Finnish telecommunications firm Elisa announcing its intention to purchase 100% of Estonia’s largest cable operator, Starman, for €151 million ($160.6 million). Elisa already operates in Estonia, but only as a mobile network operator (MNO) with around 664,000 mobile subscribers, so the acquisition of Starman will gift Elisa with an Estonian customer base consisting of 122,000 cable TV subscribers and 88,000 broadband subscribers, as well as 60,000 DTT (digital terrestrial television) subs and 33,000 on telephony. Pending regulatory approval, the deal could present the launch of a new full quad play service provider in Estonia, something which may come back around to haunt Telia Eesti (formerly Eesti Telekom), which sold its…

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