OPTA to scrutinise KPN more closely amid anti-competition concerns

21 Dec 2011

The Associated Press reports that the Netherlands’ national telecoms regulator, the Independent Post Telecommunications Authority (OPTA), is tightening its supervision of former monopoly KPN (or Royal KPN as it is also known) amid concerns the operator may be breaking competition laws. In a brief statement, the watchdog said it was placing KPN under ‘sharpened supervision’ with immediate effect. No specific details were given other than to say it was interested in KPN’s ‘behaviours’ and possible ‘violations’ although the statement did confirm: ‘The risk that KPN is violating OPTA legislation is estimated to be high, with harmful effects on consumers and or on the competition.’

Earlier this month CommsUpdate reported that the Dutch competition authority Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) visited the headquarters of the country’s incumbent mobile operators – KPN Mobile, Vodafone and T-Mobile – amid allegations that they have engaged in cartel price-fixing practices and illegally shared market information. The competition watchdog is investigating allegations of ‘concerted practice with regard to mobile telecommunications offerings on the Dutch consumer market’, as well as ‘the division of independent sales channels’. The three cellcos each released statements at the time confirming that officials from NMa visited their offices, and adding that they will cooperate fully with the agency’s probe.