ACM: open cable is too expensive and too complex for newcomers




According to the Authority for Consumer & Market is open up the cable networks in the Netherlands technically impossible or too expensive and complex. That would come through the EuroDOCSIS 3 standard used by cable operators to deliver internet customers.

ACM concludes on the basis of findings of a research report by WIK Consult that the technical structure of EuroDOCSIS 3 ‘unbundled’ access was not possible on the Dutch cable networks. The supervisor states that newcomers joining the cable would not be just too expensive and too complex but also offering guaranteed connections and varied products is problematic.

WIK Consult looked at the structure of the Internet infrastructure of Dutch cable companies. Companies such as UPC and Ziggo using EuroDOCSIS 3 technology to deliver subscribers an internet signal. So-called regional centers and local centers, using for the cable modem termination system that allows cable modems to the underlying Internet infrastructure based on fiber coupled.

The consulting firm concluded among other things that there are no specifications in the current docsis standards to different providers with a cable modem to work. In particular, the delivery of a stable upstream connection would be problematic. It would also hardware in the implementations in which nodes will be adjusted in order to make possible multiple providers on a DOCSIS network are problematic and often economically unviable. Possible that future EuroDOCSIS standards may well define specifications to allow multiple virtual providers on a cable network, but that is yet future.

KPN, which are both copper and fiber networks should be open to competitors, required above the previous month “unfair” that the new mega-provider Ziggo, UPC does not need to open its network. Regardless, it seems, also with the conclusions of the ACM, unlikely that there will emerge in the short and medium-term newcomers on the Dutch cable networks.


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