KPN Netherlands has fewer players later on Internet and telecom market

Sep

4

2014

The ‘medium term’, there will be even fewer companies with their own telecom network. Expected the board of KPN. It would be two providers with a fixed and mobile network, as well as a provider with just a mobile network.

KPN That says the management of KPN in an internal report by the British bank Barclays, which in the hands of Tweakers. KPN management expects that it remains itself as a provider of both fixed and mobile internet services, in addition to UPC’s parent company Liberty Global. That company is currently already working on a takeover of rival Ziggo. The future vision of KPN does not show whether Liberty Global in the future would take over a telecom provider or it’s going to offer mobile services. Itself

In addition, we expect that there still remains one single provider of mobile services with its own network. The company calls a provider by name. Now that Vodafone, T-Mobile and Tele2. KPN believes that the vast majority of users will opt for a fixed and mobile subscription with the same provider, and only 20 to 25 percent will choose. The only remaining mobile-only provider

In recent years the number of internet providers continuously declined: so were MultikabelHome and Casema united under the banner of Ziggo and KPN took over multiple fiber providers. Moreover, the parent company of UPC currently working on an acquisition of Ziggo, then both providers under the banner of Ziggo will continue. KPN wants to get a 60 percent stake in Reggefiber, which the company gets full control of the fiber farmer.

Spokesman Stefan Simons KPN notes that the predictions ‘not very concrete’ are. “It’s not a tough expectation, but a vision of the future,” he says. Moreover, this prediction shared by analysts Simons adds. “You see in Europe, companies like to offer both fixed and mobile services.”

Although KPN in the Barclays report suggests that fewer providers come Simons says that it does not have to be: it could also be that also offers a mobile service provider as a virtual provider on the fixed network services.

What other mobile operator with its own network in the future KPN remains is not clear from the report. Barclays itself seems not to be expected that Tele2 is in any case: that provider has invested little in accordance with the British bank in its solid infrastructure and TV service. Tele2 currently offers fiber and ADSL on the network of KPN. Vodafone has just a strong position in the business market, says Barclays.

Vodafone reacts negatively to the predictions of KPN. “If this means in practice that there are only two providers that remain a combination of fixed and mobile services can offer to customers, there is little to choose for consumers,” said spokesman Joost Galema. According to the provider, the Consumer and Market Authority must ensure that competitors have access to the networks of the fixed operators.

“We would like to invest in it, but for that we need to be certain in the long term,” said Galema. “It depends on the choices the ACM makes or Netherlands KPN enters the scenario, or that there is place for more parties.” The ACM lets you know there is not yet respond to them. “Should it come to that, then we will for example perform a market research,” said spokesman Tim Rosendahl. The outcomes according to him can not be predicted.

Competitor Tele2 will not comment. “We have decided for ourselves that we can not respond to this kind of messages,” said spokesman Bart de Snaijer the provider. “We have an opinion about it, but we do not. Sharing equally” T-Mobile would also not substantially react. “We obviously can not respond to speculations of competitors,” said spokesman Michael Vos.

Parliamentarian Bart Love Friday VVD has yet asked parliamentary questions about the acquisition Reggefiber by KPN. According to Love, it is necessary that competitors continue to have the fiber network after a takeover Reggefiber access; he wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs whether he feels the same.

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