Telecom Italia has introduced the Alice service into The Netherlands, it being its the fourth market after Italy, France and Germany.
Alice is offering 20 Mbps broadband access and telephony for a flat rate of €29.90 a month. In addition, people can buy unlimited international calls to 47 countries for €19.90 a month.
The operator claims to have over ten million customers in the three territories it already serves.
In The Netherlands, Alice will use the BBned network, which has a potential reach of 85% of the Dutch population, buying wholesale access from incumbent KPN to extend coverage beyond the 85% mark. BBned is a subsidiary of Telecom Italia. It recently acquired independent ISP InterNLnet. Since its launch in 2002, the alternative ADSL network operator has been offering business internet services through its BBeyond division.
So far, Alice has no plans to launch IPTV in the country, although BBned has trialed an IPTV service and currently offers an ‘analogue cable style’ TV line-up on the fibre projects it manages. In Italy, France and Germany the operator is an active IPTV provider.