Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA has reinforced its original decision to open up the nation’s five largest cable network for programme providers. The decision only applies to ‘new types of services.’ Following protests by the cable operators, the original OPTA ruling was annulled by a Court of Appeal for business. The regulator has now rephrased its decision in such a way that it will be acceptable to the Court. The ruling applies only to the larger networks in the country, @Home, Casema, Delta, Multikabel and UPC. It is not aimed at giving other network operators, such as KPN, access to cable networks, but only to provide new programme providers the opportunity to offer new services such as VOD.
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