Dutch government looking to ring fence spectrum for new entrants

16 Sep 2011

The Dutch ministry of economy is reportedly looking to reserve one-third of new available spectrum for new market entrants, Dow Jones Newswires reports citing Financieele Dagblad as its source. The government of the Netherlands plans to auction off a number of blocks of spectrum next year, including frequencies in the 800MHz band suitable for 4G mobile data services. The state’s move to ring fence a significant portion of the spectrum on offer is welcomed by the likes of Tele2 and local cable broadband operators – Liberty Global Inc’s UPC Nederland unit, and Ziggo – but has incurred the wrath of incumbent KPN which is reportedly considering a legal challenge to thwart the ministry’s plan.