Liberty Global has big mobile plans for Europe

Liberty Global(s lbtya), the largest cable company outside China and a voracious acquirer of European cable firms, is reportedly planning to launch a more mobile assault on the continent. Liberty SVP Manuel Kohnstamm told Bloomberg that John Malone’s company wants to create a “pan-European” mobile network based on mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals — in other words, it will resell actual network operators’ connectivity on a country-to-country basis, with the same unified billing system and back-end that supports Liberty’s fixed-line efforts. This “deep MVNO” network will begin in the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Kohnstamm also said Liberty was still looking out for likely acquisition targets.

So what is behind all this talk of cable TV consolidation?

Internet is abuzz with news stories of pending media mergers and rumors of cable company consolidations are doing the rounds on Wall Street. Most importantly cable cowboy John Malone is back in action. Let me tell you about the “why” behind this excitement.

O3b’s super satellite broadband coming in 2013

O3b Networks, a Google-backed, satellite-based telecom company, says it will launch its revolutionary new satellite-broadband service next year. It launched with fanfare in 2008 and in 2010 raised a whopping $1.18 billion but had to limit its size and scope because of the global credit squeeze.