KPN Wholesale confirms on its website that, despite the recent court decision overturning the regulation of the Wholesale Fixed Access market, it continues to provide access to its networks, with existing wholesale agreements remaining in force.
On 17 March 2020 the Dutch Trade & Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) – the highest administrative law court in the Netherlands – reversed the 2018 decision of telecoms regulator Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) which had ordered cableco VodafoneZiggo and incumbent PSTN operator KPN to provide wholesale access to their fixed networks. KPN Wholesale notes that as a result, the regulation of a number of its services has lapsed, but the offers will remain unchanged for the time being, regardless of the lack of legal obligations. In contrast, it is understood that VodafoneZiggo has ended talks with potential wholesale cable customers following the CBb ruling.
In other announcements, KPN said that it has delayed the final decommissioning date for ISDN lines from 1 April to 1 June 2020, due to measures for combating coronavirus. Similarly, VodafoneZiggo has suspended the planned launch of DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrades in Rotterdam this month as all non-essential work has been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.