Milestones in our company’s history
UPC has a long and interesting history. Over the past decades, we have certainly proven one thing: that we were able to react flexibly to change and were often ahead of our time. It all began in 1931, when we were still called Rediffusion.
upc cablecom digitises Switzerland
On 7 July 2015, upc cablecom switches off the last analogue TV channels – the whole of Switzerland is now watching digital TV. In addition, at the end of June we increase the maximum Internet speed available through our fibre optic cable network to 500 Mbit/s.
upc cablecom abolishes basic encryption
In 2012, upc cablecom abolishes basic encryption. By doing so, it converts all 1.8 million connected households to digital television. 55 digital channels and a 2 Mbit/s Internet connection can be received directly from the cable socket.
Eric Tveter becomes new CEO
The company has to deal with major image problems. Eric Tveter is subsequently appointed as the new CEO and puts turnaround measures in place: increased customer focus, investment in the network, improvements to products and improved staff morale.
Everything from a single provider
Cablecom reaches another milestone in the Swiss telecommunications market and becomes the first Swiss provider to offer telephony, television and Internet.
Cablecom is formed
Cablecom is formed in 1994 through the merger of various cable operators. In 1996, this company purchases Rediffusion.
Rediffusion is founded
Rediffusion S.A. is founded in 1931 in the pioneering years of radio in Switzerland. This lays the foundations for the launch of so-called wire broadcasting in Switzerland and for the company. Rediffusion’s goal is the “distribution of public radio channels”.
upc cablecom becomes UPC
In 2016, upc cablecom becomes UPC; Austria and Switzerland start trading under the same name for the first time. The new, colourful bloom stands for innovation, internationality and entertainment in both countries.
Creation of the CHAT regional organisation
In April 2014, upc cablecom launches its own mobile service. In addition, upc cablecom and UPC Austria join forces in August 2014 to create the Austria/Switzerland regional organisation.
Cablecom becomes upc cablecom
The original plan was to rename the company UPC, like Liberty Global’s other
subsidiaries. But ultimately it is decided to keep the established “Cablecom”
brand name. Cablecom becomes «upc cablecom», with the blue bloom as its new logo.
Liberty Global purchases Cablecom
A planned stock market flotation collapses at the last moment: instead, Cablecom is sold to the international cable group, Liberty Global. Cablecom now belongs to a strong network of primarily European cable network operators together with Liberty Global’s other subsidiaries.
Highspeed-Internet und Digital TV
Als erste Firma in der Schweiz steigt Cablecom mit «hispeed internet» ins Breitband-Geschäft ein und lanciert im gleichen Jahr ein digitales Fernsehangebot.
Start of television broadcasting
In Zurich, Rediffusion officially launches its first cable television offer which includes the transmission of two black and white channels.