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KPN becomes dependent on cost savings to pay dividend as asset sales come to end, 5G poses risk

Published 27 May 2019 14:42 CET | Netherlands

KPN is facing a challenge. With no growth and a saturated market, the Dutch operator still needs to pay a dividend. Its remaining stake in Telefonica Deutschland has been ...

Success of KPN takeover bid depends on price, infrastructure vision

Published 04 Feb 2019 12:22 CET | Netherlands

Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management is considering a bid for Dutch operator KPN, along with two Dutch pension fund managers, PGGM and APG, according to a report from ...

Outlook 2019: on the way to gigabit networks

Published 28 Dec 2018 12:33 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch market is set for a new year with a new composition. VodafoneZiggo is on track with its merger integration, T-Mobile and Tele2 are set to complete their merger, and ...

KPN shifts growth aims to profit over revenues, cost-cutting set to continue 'at least a decade'

Published 30 Nov 2018 13:02 CET | Netherlands

KPN's new strategic plan builds on its plan from 2016. In short, the focus is on cost savings, investing in technology and convergence. This should result in a higher margin ...

The future of Dutch telecoms: Tele2 as an operator or a sub-brand of T-Mobile

Published 21 Nov 2018 16:13 CET | Netherlands

The European Commission can approve or block the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Tele2 Netherlands, but whatever the case, the decision will have big consequences for future ...

KPN, VodafoneZiggo joint dominance leads to open cable, new budget brand from VZ and likely tariff regulation

Published 01 Oct 2018 15:47 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch telecom sector may be set for radical changes after the ACM's latest decision on regulation of the fixed broadband market. The decision could also influence other ...

EC unconvinced with T-Mobile, Tele2 creation of third FMC player, time for T-Mobile to find mobile market remedies

Published 17 Sep 2018 16:53 CET | Netherlands

The European Commission has decided not to reject outright the T-Mobile and Tele2 Netherlands merger and thrown the ball back in the operators' court to come up with remedies ...

T-Mobile NL headed for merger approval with Tele2, with remedies or guarantees

Published 28 Aug 2018 13:57 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has made a number of promises regarding its proposed takeover of Tele2 in order to gain approval from regulators. After analysing the context of the ...

Could KPN become an unregulated marketing organisation?

Published 14 Aug 2018 13:47 CET | Europe, Netherlands

There is a simmering change underway on the European telecom markets. Independent investors are increasingly involved in the roll-out of fibre-optic networks, while the ...

KPN closes iBasis chapter - will Proximus follow?

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:36 CET | Belgium, Netherlands, World

KPN has sold its international wholesale unit iBasis for an undisclosed amount. This is something we predicted some years ago, as iBasis adds little to the Dutch company. It ...

Ziggo takes its time to shut down analogue TV

Published 08 Mar 2018 17:19 CET | Netherlands

At the end of 2017, Ziggo had 550,000 customers that subscribed to analogue-only TV services, which amounts to 14.1 percent of its total TV customers. This compares to 20.6 ...

Telenet takeover of De Vijver Media may mean more content-distribution mergers coming up

Published 08 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Belgium, Netherlands

Telenet has agreed to increase its stake in De Vijver Media from 50 to 100 percent, giving it control of the SBS Belgium commercial channels and production house Woestijnvis. ...

Delta looks for growth with expansion outside Zeeland

Published 07 Mar 2018 12:32 CET | Netherlands

By expanding outside Zeeland, Delta opens a new opportunity for growth, beyond the limited market of 192,000 households/businesses connected to its HFC network. During the ...

T-Mobile's family discount offers new challenge to KPN, VodafoneZiggo

Published 24 Jan 2018 14:33 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands has introduced a new discount offer, called 'Alles Onder 1 Dak' (Everything Under 1 Roof). This is in line with the market trend to focus on the ...

Tele2/T-Mobile merger's regulatory approval may follow German model

Published 15 Jan 2018 13:06 CET | Netherlands

The plan to merge Deutsche Telekom and Tele2's activities in the Netherlands raises again the regulatory question of how many mobile operators are enough. There are a number ...

Consumer the big winner on Dutch mobile market in 2017

Published 27 Dec 2017 15:34 CET | Netherlands

2017 will go down as a year of considerable changes on the Dutch mobile market. T-Mobile and Tele2 introduced plans with unlimited calls, SMS and data in both the Netherlands ...

T-Mobile suggests it won't shy from using price as weapon to compete on Dutch multi-play market

Published 18 Dec 2017 11:32 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands is buying Tele2 NL in order to create a strong number-three in the Dutch market to go up against the vertically integrated market leaders KPN and ...

EQT can consolidate rest of Dutch cable market

Published 20 Nov 2017 11:55 CET | Netherlands

EQT Infrastructure III, a fund of the Swedish investor EQT, has agreed to acquire Dutch operator CIF and its unit CAIW from the local investor Rabo Bouwfonds CIF. The deal ...

T-Mobile, Tele2 merger in Netherlands no-brainer for scale benefits, as spectrum licence window opens ahead of 5G auction

Published 16 Nov 2017 16:28 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom is considering merging its Dutch business T-Mobile Netherlands with Tele2's local unit or listing the company on the stock market, CEO Tim Hoettges said at ...

Unlimited mobile data: can it help T-Mobile and Tele2 in the Dutch market?

Published 01 Nov 2017 12:38 CET | Netherlands

Unlimited mobile data plans are a new thing on the Dutch market since the start of this year. T-Mobile started with an offer of unlimited calls, SMS and data for EUR 35 per ...

New CEO Ibarra to lead KPN into 'next phase'

Published 20 Oct 2017 12:48 CET | Netherlands

KPN has named Maximo Ibarra the successor to its CEO Eelco Blok. The proposal from the supervisory board still needs to be approved at an EGM. Ibarra will take up the ...

Netherlands takes step towards 5G with plan for 2019 auction, but no big bill expected for operators

Published 21 Sep 2017 13:47 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch government has set a preliminary date of autumn 2019 for the next multi-band spectrum auction, marking a new step towards 5G. The next generation of mobile networks ...

Can 'Game of Thrones' exclusive give Ziggo a boost?

Published 31 Jul 2017 15:33 CET | Netherlands

The start of the new season of 'Game of Thrones' could mean a boost for Ziggo, the leading pay-TV provider in the Netherlands. The company has the exclusive rights to the ...

Dutch pay-TV providers under threat as broadcasters launch OTT TV platform

Published 24 Jul 2017 15:52 CET | Netherlands

The Dutch broadcasters' online platform NLziet has added live TV to its offering. Its subscription price remains EUR 8 per month. After the unlimited data plans introduced a ...

Did Tele2 NL just put its fixed-line consumer unit up for sale?

Published 19 Jun 2017 18:20 CET | Netherlands

Consolidation in the telecoms sector continues. Telenet just received approval for taking over SFR BeLux from Altice and may have its eyes on Voo next. In France, Bouygues ...