Government scraps ‘own-network’ clause on mobile licences

6 May 2011

The Dutch government has scrapped the requirement for radio frequency licence holders to build out their own networks in the country, the so-called ’own-network’ clause, following a decision by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which took effect on 26 April. Explaining the decision, the ministry said the licences have been modified because the own-network requirements are not included in the list of conditions set down by EU Directive 2002/20. The firms affected by the licence modification are ABS VHF Solutions, Callmax, CNH Belgium, Entropia Digital, KPN, T-Mobile Netherlands and Zenitel Finance Netherlands. The government earlier modified the 3G licences of KPN, T-Mobile and Vodafone on 16 February.