The Court of Appeal in Brussels has ruled in summary proceedings that the cable regulation, which will open up the cable to third parties, should not be suspended.
In a press release, operator Telenet learnt that the Court of Appeal ruled that no suspension was needed in anticipation of the ruling on the merits.
According to the cable company, “today’s intense competition in Belgium has ensured that consumers now enjoy one of the lowest cable TV rates in Europe and have access to state-of-the-art digital TV services. Moreover, cable TV rates are already regulated by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs.
“The broadcasting market is a highly dynamic market with currently more than six operators offering TV services, besides the growing offering of free TV over the Internet. Telenet will make every effort to safeguard this favorable competitive situation for the consumer.
“Before a definitive cable regulation can be implemented, there are certain steps that still need to be taken: the reference offer must be approved by the regulators and the European Commission in the coming months;
“We expect a ruling in the procedure on the merits of the cable regulation in the course of 2013. In the coming days, Telenet will further analyse the extensive ruling.”