T-Mobile and KPN held talks on possible Dutch broadband deal

29 May 2008

According to the Dutch financial daily newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, the country’s former monopoly fixed line operator KPN Telecom held talks with T-Mobile International concerning a deal to acquire the latter’s fixed line internet business in the country, but opted against submitting an offer. Without citing its sources, the paper said that KPN was in discussions to purchase part of the business T-Mobile acquired when it bought Orange Netherlands last year. KPN did not give a specific reason for breaking off talks and was not immediately available for comment.

Yesterday CommsUpdate reported that T-Mobile International has now struck a deal to sell part of its Dutch fixed line broadband operations to Netherlands-based cable operator Ziggo, co-owned by private equity groups Cinven and Warburg-Pincus. The cableco confirmed it is interested in around 140,000 T-Mobile subscribers who currently receive broadband over cable from the German-owned operator. T-Mobile says it is looking to hang on to the roughly 460,000 Dutch broadband customers it has taking services via copper wire (xDSL) delivery platforms.

Netherlands, KPN