T-Mobile finds it ‘disappointing’ that the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is not coming up with its own draft market analysis decision for regulation of the fixed telecom market, but is going along with a commercial proposal from KPN, the dominant market party. As a result, fast fixed internet at home or at the office remains at least 25 percent too expensive in the Netherlands and innovation is not stimulated.
Like previous reports from the European Union and research by the Consumers’ Association, ACM concludes that the rates for fixed internet at home in the Netherlands are among the highest in the European Union. The reason is the lack of regulation.
According to T-Mobile, the current draft commitment decision of the ACM does not put an end to this, while it does lock the market for eight years. T-Mobile believes that the consumer’s interest is insufficiently served by this commitment decision.
ACM chooses to shelve the long-studied market analysis decision and instead agrees to a commercial proposal from KPN, the dominant wholesale provider for fiber access, but also copper.
T-Mobile is therefore very concerned about this unexpected maneuver by ACM. Director Pieter de Klein: ‘Apparently this seems like a nice story, but roviders who use KPN’s network will soon feel just like consumers who are tempted by advertisements with a low price for a holiday flight, but find out at the checkout. that they have to pay extra for a suitcase, legroom, hand luggage or a cup of coffee during the flight.’
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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