Cable mergers continue in Japan as four to unite

Alliance will reach up to 2 million households

TOKYO — More consolidation is coming to the Japanese cable TV market as four cablers are set to forge an alliance that would result in the nation’s second largest cable company.

The four are electronics giant Fujitsu, trading house Marubeni, security company Secom and utility Tokyo Electric Power, which each operate cable companies in the Tokyo metropolitan region.

They plan to form a holding company by the end of the year that will be able to reach about 2 million households.

The companies operate about 20 stations and plan to cooperate on digital transmission technologies and establishing broadband networks over their lines.

Earlier this year, Jupiter Telecommunications and Titus Communications announced plans to merge in a stock for stock exchange in which Titus would become a wholly owned subsid of Jupiter. Deal, completed Friday, created Japan’s largest cabler.

That accord united Liberty Media and Microsoft and set the tone for consolidation in the highly fragmented Japanese CATV market, in which hundreds of operators serve small market segments.

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