OPTA angered by EC swipe

23 Nov 2005

The Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA has responded to criticism by the European Commission over its handling of the country’s cable TV market. The EC is currently conducting an investigation into the state of competition in the Dutch cable sector, where three firms – UPC, Casema and Essent – control the bulk of connections. Earlier this month the Commission expressed doubts over the effectiveness of OPTA’s proposed measures aimed at improving competition. OPTA has now replied with a 31-page document which claims that the EC has made an incorrect assessment of which cable operators have significant market power and that its overall definition of the market is wrong.