VodafoneZiggo says no need to regulate fixed network

Tuesday 27 February 2018 | 09:23 CET | News
VodafoneZiggo said it will study the regulator ACM's draft decision on opening up its cable network to wholesale access and respond to it during the consultation. The operator did say that it believes the Dutch market for internet access is already very competitive and that further regulation is unnecessary. Furthermore, opening up the cable network to third parties will, despite the possibility of virtual unbundled access, be technically more difficult and therefore more expensive than with the fixed networks of KPN (copper). This will make wholesale access to the national cable network of VodafoneZiggo less attractive.

Fear of disruption to network investments

"We will study the draft decision of ACM," VodafoneZiggo said in response to the news. "We think that the market for internet access is very competitive. That is why we see no reason for more regulation. We also fear that this will disrupt the huge network investments that are necessary to remain a digital leader in Europe." The operator highlighted the fact that the Netherlands, looking at the international scene, offers attractive packages for fixed services, and at competitive prices.

VodafoneZiggo will certainly take part in the ACM’s consultation around the draft decision, but will wait for the final decision, set to come after the response from the European Commission. This will likely not happen before this summer. “We therefore do not yet know exactly what the effect of this concept will have on VodafoneZiggo,” the company said.

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