Cabinet remains in favor of opening up cable




Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs finds that UPC and Ziggo still have to open their network for third party links. At the moment this is not possible, but the cabinet is in Europe at the insistence to make that possible.

Camp writes in a letter to the House, in response to questions from the PvdA and VVD, that the government will argue for adapting the rules. That’s according to the Consumer and Market Authority required Ziggo and UPC, which will soon merge into one provider, to force you to give competitors access to their network. “To achieve this it is necessary to convince others of our position in Europe,” writes Minister Henk Kamp. Next year, the telecoms rules in Europe to be revised.

The European Commission had approved the takeover of Ziggo by the parent company UPC well. In addition, the parent company was UPC, Liberty Global, not be forced to give competitors access to its network. To the dissatisfaction of Kamp: “Two great players in my opinion is not enough for a sustainable competitive market,” he writes, referring to the combination KPN and UPC Ziggo.

Competitor KPN must give third parties access to its network, and is not happy that the new mega provider in the cable that does not have to. According to the Authority for Consumers and Market is the EuroDOCSIS 3 standard, which is used Internet over the cable network possible to do, however, not well suited for the facilitation of the competitors.


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