ACM wants new EU regulations duopoly Ziggo, KPN




ACM board member Henk Don said in an interview with the FD rules that the regulator wants to tackle the duopoly of Ziggo and KPN. However, the EU seems to want to focus on measures to stimulate the growth of broadband, as revealed earlier this week.

According to Don, the EU has traditionally focused on addressing the strongest player on the market, namely a former state monopolist. Only there would be in the more developed markets already an oligopoly with more parties or a duopoly emerged with two sides, such as the Netherlands and Belgium. The focus was on the development of broadband, therefore “pose a risk to the developed markets. Reuters made ​​this week plans of the EU known showing that there are less stringent rules about opening up networks to competitors in the making.

With these rules, the EU would want to ensure that investment in infrastructure for high-speed Internet are better protected. In the Netherlands ACM currently only KPN open its copper and fiber network to competitors; Ziggo has no such obligation. This week was KPN announces that it has retroactively reduced prices for access to its copper network following action by the regulator.

The ACM driver understands KPN’s request to also impose obligations on Ziggo, but says that before European rules are needed. About the merger between Vodafone and Ziggo Don says thus “creates a new situation, in which ACM will have to deal with regulations.


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