KPN-Telfort merger approved

31 Aug 2005

Dutch telco KPN’s takeover of rival cellular operator Telfort has been approved by the country’s competition authority, the NMa. A statement issued by the regulator read: “There is no reason to believe a takeover will seriously hamper competition in the market for mobile phone services.” It added that KPN’s other rivals – Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange – are all subsidiaries of major international players which have the resources to compete with the dominant operator. KPN is paying EUR1.12 billion to acquire Telfort, which currently claims the number three spot in the Dutch mobile market with 2.45 million customers. The combined KPN/Telfort will have almost 8.8 million subscribers and a 52% market share.