10 Dec 2015
Vodafone Netherlands has announced that it is suing the country’s incumbent PTO KPN for EUR115 million (USD130 million) in damages as a result of ‘anti-competitive behaviour’. Mobile operator Vodafone claims that KPN hampered its attempts to enter the fixed telephony, internet and pay-TV markets by restricting access to its networks between 2011 and 2014, which meant that Vodafone was not able to compete effectively with KPN and other multi-play providers such as the cableco UPC. Vodafone says that during the three-year period KPN ‘repeatedly failed’ to provide access to its copper and fibre infrastructure at a time when the cellco claims 100,000 households per quarter were signing up for ‘all-in-one’ offers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the operator launched its ‘Vodafone Home’ bundle of wireline services in August 2011, but had attracted just 73,000 fixed broadband subscribers by end-September 2015, while KPN claimed over three million retail internet customers at the same date.