KPN has reached agreement with wholesale parties Tele2 and M7 regarding access to KPN’s fixed network based on Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA) respectively Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) for a period of seven years.
These services are an alternative to the unbundled passive network access (MDF Access) that KPN offers to market parties. The VULA agreement will be considered as the basis for the reference offer by KPN. The ACM was not directly involved in the negotiations, but it will have to provide consent. This is expected in the short-term.
The VULA (Virtual Unbundled Local Access) agreement enables Tele2 and M7 to offer new and existing customers higher fixed broadband speeds of up to 100Mb/s.
Following consent by the ACM, the agreements with market parties will enable KPN to further upgrade its copper network using the latest technologies. This will result in access to higher speeds for KPN’s retail and wholesale customers and it improves KPN’s position on broadband and IPTV.
Joost Farwerck, COO and member of the Board of Management of KPN: “We have been able to come to a commercial agreement with wholesale parties, which enables them to offer services to their customers. These agreements prove that we are able to enter into agreements for fixed access. Furthermore, this allows us to implement innovations in our fixed network in the interest of our customers.”
Jeff Dodds, CEO Tele2 Netherlands, commented: “Tele2 started life as a fixed service provider in the Netherlands and over the years we have been very successful in challenging both the B2B and residential markets with innovative products for a great price. With this agreement in place we will be able to offer much, much faster fixed broadband services to a much larger number of homes. This increased choice is brilliant news for Dutch consumers and businesses. With our state-of–the-art fixed and mobile networks in place we will be able to offer our customers affordable, high quality internet wherever they are.”