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Romania battens down hatches for Liberty-Vodafone effects

Ripples are being felt all over Europe since Liberty Global’s market-altering cable sale to Vodafone, the latest being a spate of consolidation in Romania – a cutthroat market with plenty of room left for OTT video disruption despite proclamations of oversaturation. Romanian operator RCS & RDS, the cable TV and internet arm of telecoms group Digi Communications, is leasing cable lines from AKTA, also known as DCS, in a deal which has been interpreted as a precursor to a takeover and even misreported as a done deal in a couple of cases. Digi will pay up to €77 million ($85 million) in rental fees for access to the AKTA cable network. While UPC Romania, now under Vodafone ownership, is Romania’s…

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