Go Back   Eurocardsharing > General Discussions > General Satellite News > Latest Satellite News

Latest Satellite News Discussion, Info EC gives green light to Dutch Open Cable at General Satellite News forum; EC gives green light to Dutch Open Cable The European Commission has given the green light to Dutch telecoms regulator ...

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Info EC gives green light to Dutch Open Cable
Bacteria's Avatar
Posts: 96,015

Level: 124 [♥ Bé-Yêu ♥♥ Bé-Yêu ♥♥ Bé-Yêu ♥♥ Bé-Yêu ♥♥ Bé-Yêu ♥]
Life: 4638 / 4638
Magic: 32005 / 102658
Experience: 68%

Thanks: 1,107
Thanked 5,578 Times in 1,419 Posts
Join Date: Oct 2006
Age: 37
Info EC gives green light to Dutch Open Cable - 12-February-2009, 15:40

EC gives green light to Dutch Open Cable

The European Commission has given the green light to Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA to open up the countrys cable TV market. Alternative telecom operator Tele 2 has already announced it plans to offer an alternative analogue cable TV bouquet on UPC and Ziggo after the summer.

OPTA plans to introduce the rules for third party access to the four largest cable operators in the country Ziggo, UPC, Delta and CAIW to open up their digital networks to third parties. UPC and Ziggo will also be forced to open up their analogue networks. The regulator expects to have regulation ready in time for new providers to start offering services at the end of the year.

OPTA chairman Chris Fontein said in a statement: With access to the networks of the major players of the Netherlands, cable companies UPC and Ziggo on the one hand, and KPN on the other, competition is promoted and innovation encouraged. At the end of last year, we have insured open access to fibre networks of KPN Reggefiber.

The European Commissioner Vivienne Reding said in a statement: I fully support the view of the Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA that more competition is needed in this important market.

Shortly after the decision was made public, UPC issued the following statement: We understand that the European Commission has chosen to send back the OPTA ruling to the national legislature. UPC will again present its objections to this measure. In our view, the Dutch television and communications is one of the most competitive in Europe and no new legislation is needed.

Alternative telecom and IPTV provider Tele2 was quick to announce it plans to offer analogue cable TV bouquets over the UPC and Ziggo networks. OPTA also said the new parties who will offer analogue and digital bouquets will need to clear all copyrights themselves as well as close distribition contracts with the broadcasters. Interestingly, the Dutch incumbent KPN is barred from access to the cable infrastructure.

Cable Europe also expressed disappointment at a European Commission decision to allow OPTA to impose new regulatory rules on cable operators.

The trade body will monitor closely how the proposed measures will be applied in The Netherlands.
Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

ECS on RSS ECS on Twitter ECS on Facebook ECS on Youtube
Follow us on:

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright 2002 - 2010, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.