KPN fibre joint venture gets provisional thumbs-up from NMa

22 Dec 2008

The Dutch competition authority NMa has given its provisional approval to KPN’s joint venture with Reggefiber to construct a trial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the Netherlands capable of delivering high speed broadband internet access via fibre-optic cables. KPN will hold a 41% stake in the new venture and will commence pilot trials of the network in five Dutch cities, which will be evaluated in the first half of 2009. The competition watchdog said KPN and Reggefiber had addressed competition concerns by guaranteeing that other telecoms firms will have non-discriminatory access to the network. KPN and Reggefiber have also set the access rate for the future network at EUR14.50-EUR17.50 (USD20.15-EUR24.30) per month, depending on the location of the connection.

Last Friday, the Dutch telecoms regulator Opta published its preliminary decision for unbundled access to fibre optical networks, Telecompaper reports. The watchdog’s decision is in line with Opta’s proposal of 25 November 2008 and will be implemented on the FTTH networks of the joint-venture between KPN and its fibre partner Reggefiber. The pair have until 5 January 2009 to respond to Opta’s position paper, while a national consultation is scheduled to run until 13 February.