Dutch telcos in ‘domestic’ over unpaid bills

7 Mar 2003

A row erupted between Dutch telecommunications rivals Versatel and former monopoly PTO KPN yesterday when the latter seized Versatel’s domestic bank accounts, claiming that it was owed millions of euros in unpaid bills. Versatel, which operates in the Netherlands, Belgium and north-west Germany, said the dispute centred on invoices for services where the tariffs had been set by the Dutch regulator Opta. According to Versatel, Opta ruled that KPN reduce the rates it charged it for the services, but the PTO has thus far refused to acknowledge the ruling.