Vodafone completes sale of Dutch fixed business to T-Mobile

Friday 16 December 2016 | 10:06 CET | News
Vodafone announced that it's completed the sale of its fixed business in the Netherlands and expects to close the merger of the mobile business with Ziggo by the end of December. The sale of the fixed business was a condition imposed by the European Commission for regulatory clearance of the Ziggo deal, in order to maintain competition in the Dutch market. T-Mobile Netherlands has acquired the Vodafone fixed business, which counts around 150,000 broadband customers. 

Vodafone said that as a result of the sale, it expects to close the transaction with Ziggo and its parent Liberty Global by the end of December. Their merger will create a new converged player in the Netherlands, with both fixed and mobile networks, to rival incumbent KPN. 

T-Mobile said it plans to rebrand the activities in Q1 2017 as T-Mobile Thuis (T-Mobile at home). In the meantime, services will continue as normal for customers. 

The takeover sees T-Mobile return to the fixed market, after earlier selling its fixed arm Online in 2013, and the deal will allow T-Mobile to compete on the emerging quad-play market in the Netherlands. According to figures from the Telecompaper Consumer Panel, there is little overlap between the Vodafone fixed customers and T-Mobile mobile customers. Of the around 150,000 Vodafone fixed customers, only 13 percent took services also from T-Mobile in Q2 2016. 

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