Telecom watchdog wants more competition

Telecom market regulator Opta is to force major cable companies to open up their analogue networks to more competition, reports ANP news service on Wednesday.

Opta said the country’s two biggest cable firms, UPC and Ziggo, will be compelled to allow third parties complete access to their networks when those parties have acquired broadcasting rights.
This will mean that consumers will be free to switch their analogue tv subscription to alternative providers.
The association of cable companies said Opta’s decision is ‘remarkable’. Consumers are moving to digital tv ‘in droves’, the association said, adding that Opta is ‘setting back the clock’ by clamping down on analogue tv.
Ziggo en UPC control 81% of the cable market, which has shown little movement of late, according to Opta.

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