The Dutch telecommunications market shows further consolidation with the takeover of business telephony provider Atlantic Telecom by KPN. The roll out of fibre-to-the-home by Reggefiber slowed down in 2010 to 150,000 new connections instead of the planned 400,000 new connections. With 89% country-wide availability of cable and Eurodocsis 3.0 with broadband speeds of 100 Mbps, the Netherlands has already reached the goals of the European Digital Agenda that seek to ensure that, by 2020, (i) all Europeans have access to much higher internet speeds of above 30 Mbps; and (ii) 50% or more of European households subscribe to internet connections above 100 Mbps.
OPTA has started the process for new market analysis decisions with respect to local loop unbundling, wholesale broadband access, leased lines, fixed telephony, fixed and mobile terminating access and access to cable. Market parties are invited to contribute to the consultation process. New competition issues arise in the context of the emergence of a duopoly between KPN and cable companies and the lack of an effective ex ante price squeeze test. The auction process for the digital dividend (800 MHz) is planned in 2012.