Vodafone Netherlands seeks EUR115m damages from KPN

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.

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