Watchdog to open up cable tv market

Dutch telecoms watchdog Opta is planning a number of measures to increase competition on the television service and business fixed link phone market.

Opta announced on Tuesday that it wants to make cable companies give cable access to their competitors so that households have a greater choice of analogue tv provider. Cable firms have ‘a high market share’ and the arrival of Digitenne, satellite and other new providers have ‘not led to more choice’, Opta says.
Opta also says business telephone customers have not benefited from competition as much as consumers. To overcome this, it plans to force former state monopoly holder KPN to give more access to third parties via its networks so business customers have more choice.
Interested groups are now invited to comment on the plans, which Opta hopes to finalise by the end of the year.

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