Netherlands (Country Regulation Overview)

Date: April 23, 2010
Pages: 21
US$ 1,495.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Netherlands (Country Regulation Overview)
The Netherlands telecoms market has one of the highest broadband penetrations in Western Europe. Nevertheless, broadband and multi-play services are continuing to grow at a higher pace than other telecoms services. To further drive the growth of multi-play services, the national telecoms regulator, Onafhankelijke Post en Telecommunicatie Autoriteit (OPTA), has mandated local loop unbundling of fiber access networks.

With the liberalization of the telecoms sector, the retail services market has become so competitive that the regulator has removed all non-access remedies from the market, effective from January 2010. However, to safeguard competition levels in the retail market, OPTA continues to impose remedies such as access obligations and adoption of price caps on the incumbent, KPN. With these measures in place, we expect that competition will further increase in the Dutch telecoms market, benefiting the end user.
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Fixed market overview
Broadband market and VoIP
Multi-play: dual, triple and quadruple players
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Role of the Dutch competition authority
Key legislation and regulation
Current status of market analysis
Wireless licensing
3G licenses
Auction of 2.6GHz spectrum
Retail regulation
The retail market
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Narrowband voice interconnection
Cost model for the RIO
Procedure for setting and reviewing charges
Format of charges
Wholesale access
Wholesale broadband access
Wholesale line rental (WLR)
Local loop unbundling
Impact on LLU of the transition to all-IP networks
Proposal for fiber access tariff regulation
Wholesale mobile regulation
Mobile operator obligations
Services subject to regulation
Mobile termination charges
Competition cases
OPTA imposes €523,264 fine on KPN for its anti-competitive service discounts
OPTA imposes €780,000 fine on KPN for introducing anti-competitive service schemes
Universal service
Universal service obligation
The EC’s market definitions
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