The Dutch telecom market has one of the most progressive broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. There is also strong competition in the mobile sector, and a progressive digital TV platform with the services of the two dominant cable companies being complemented by KPN’s Digitenne and IPTV offerings. This report introduces the key aspects of this market. It provides comprehensive updated data on fixed network services, profiles the major operators and overviews the key regulatory issues including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection, and the provisions for competitor access to cable and fibre infrastructure.
Regulator rules that UPC Netherlands and Ziggo no longer have to open up networks to rivals; KPN reveals strategy to 2015; KPN job losses of 5,000 by 2015; UPC launches mobile internet services for SMEs; net neutrality legislation enforced; regulator rules against commercial FttH access on KPN network; KPN abandons sale of German and Belgian units; KPN trials Pair Bonding on copper network; Ziggo completes IPO and prepares for secondary offering; Grupo Casa increases stake in KPN to 27.7%; new regulator from 2013 to merge three entities; Ziggo obliged to launch mobile services by 2012, becoming a quad player; regulator market data for Q1 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to September 2012; market developments to October 2012.