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Netherlands: sub-loop unbundling January 25, 2007

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.
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The Dutch regulatory authority OPTA published a letter yesterday where it essentially dennounces it previous intention to abandon to publish policy rules for the phasing out of local loop unbundling from Main Distribution Frames. Specifically, OPTA states that permitting KPN to withdraw MDF access would only be conceivable if market entry possibilities and the continuity of service provision by alternative operators would be sufficiently guaranteed. According to OPTA, the studies conducted, and input received from alternative operators, indicate that it is not sufficiently clear that a fully fledged alternative would be sufficiently guaranteed.

A study by Analysys is quoted that concludes that the business case for an alternative operator using sub-loop unbundling from street cabinets is slim, i.e. is likely to be economically viable under very few circumstances. A summary of the report is available here (last two pages in English).

[From T-Regs]

Update: OPTA has now released a public version of the study entitled ‘The Business Case for Sub-Loop Unbundling in The Netherlands‘. The report can be accessed here.

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