Cabinet remains committed to open cable




Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs finds that UPC and Ziggo still have to open up their network connections from third parties. At the moment this is not possible, but the cabinet is in Europe urging to make this possible.

Kamp writes in a letter to the Lower House, in response to questions from the PvdA and the VVD, the government will argue for adapting the rules. That’s according to the Consumer and Market Authority needed to force Ziggo and UPC, which will soon merge into a single provider, to give competitors access to their network. “To achieve that it is necessary to others in Europe from our point of view convincing,” writes Mr Kamp. The revised telecoms rules in Europe next year.

The European Commission ruled earlier that the acquisition of Ziggo by the parent company of UPC well. Liberty Global, was the parent company of UPC, thereby not forced to allow competitors access to its network. To the dissatisfaction of Kamp: “Two great players to me is not enough for a sustainable competitive market,” he writes, referring to KPN and the combination UPC, Ziggo.

Concurrent KPN has to give access to its network, third parties and is not happy that the new mega provider does not do so in the cable market. According to the Authority Consumer and Market is the EuroDOCSIS 3 standard, which is used to internet over the cable network possible making, however, not well suited for the facilitation of the competitors.

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