In addition to KPN, VodafoneZiggo must also open up its fixed network.

In addition to KPN, VodafoneZiggo must also open up its fixed network.

Like KPN, VodafoneZiggo must open up its fixed network to competition. That is what the Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) has decided. The rule will enter into force on 1 October 2018 and forms part of the Wholesale Fixed Access market analysis decision.

Until now, alternative providers without their own fixed network only had access to KPN’s network – by far the largest player in the Dutch market. However, since according to the ACM VodafoneZiggo is also a dominant party, the ACM considers it fair to open up the network of both parties to competition.

Alternative providers

Alternative providers can now also offer Internet, television and fixed telephone services via the VodafoneZiggo fixed cable network. KPN will have to deal with somewhat lighter rules than before and will be allowed to phase out access to copper in areas where fibre-optic networks are already in place. However, providers using our network must be able to continue to compete effectively.

The ACM came to this decision because KPN and VodafoneZiggo have great power on the market without regulation. According to the ACM, they have an equivalent position with their own fixed and mobile networks. This allows them to raise prices for consumers or adjust conditions to their advantage. In order to ensure sufficient competition, the ACM concluded that these networks should be open to competitors.

Noticeable next year

According to the ACM, it will take some time before consumers notice this. VodafoneZiggo will first have to draw up a reference offer. It should also come up with a proposal for the tariffs it intends to apply to network access. After that, negotiations can take place with suppliers. If they have concrete plans for supply via VodafoneZiggo’s network, it must actually make its network suitable for this. That will take until next year somewhere, the ACM thinks.

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