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KPN, others lose appeal against wholesale fixed regulation

Monday 17 July 2017 | 17:16 CET | News
The Dutch corporate appeals court has rejected a number of operator appeals against the regulator ACM's decision on the wholesale unbundled access market from 2015. KPN, Vodafone, Tele2, and the association of commercial broadcasters and the public broadcaster NPO all filed appeals against the decision regulating the wholesale broadband market. Ziggo and T-Mobile also filed third-party motions in the case. 

The decision outlined the access provisions for alternative operators using KPN's fixed networks and notably excluded the largest cable operator Ziggo from regulation. KPN disputed the ACM's definition of the relevant market and determination of its significant market power. The incumbent had called for less regulation and more preference for commercial agreements. The company said it was disappointed with the court ruling. 

T-Mobile, which has since entered the fixed market after acquiring Vodafone's activities, said it was pleased with the court decision. This should benefit consumers, making it possible for other operators to compete with the "duopoly" of KPN and VodafoneZiggo, T-Mobile said. 



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Categories: Fixed
Companies: ACM / KPN / NPO / Tele2 Netherlands / T-Mobile Netherlands / Vodafone Netherlands / VodafoneZiggo / Ziggo
Countries: Netherlands
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