Today, the Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA is holding a meeting with all parties concerning third party access to the analogue cable networks of UPC and Ziggo. Besides the two cable operators, all the potential market entrants will be present.
Yesterday’s announcements by both Ziggo and UPC triggered fierce reactions from the parties interested in gaining access to the cable nets. According to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, newcomers can only build a solid business case with a wholesale price of around €4 to €5 per month. Yesterday, Ziggo and UPC announced a price of €11.05 and “around” €12.00 respectively.
During today’s meeting, all parties can express their views on the pricing proposals. A second meeting is planned for September. Following these two meetings, OPTA will decide on the final wholesale price. The regulator expects that new entrants can launch on the market early in 2010.