UPC: 10 months to introduce reseller model

By Robert Briel
September 23, 2009

Dutch cable operator UPC Nederland said it needs at least ten months to connect third party resellers of its analogue TV tier, with costs running up to a total between 2.7 and 3,1 million euro to facilitate access.

This is according to an operations document posted on the companyís website. During the ten months, the operator will adjust its systems to make it accessible for third parties. The operator writes it will accommodate resellers one by one, with the first one being able to connect after ten months. After this, accommodating each new entrant will take about four months.

Implentation costs will be 2.7 and 3.1 million euro; for each third party ther costs will be between 50,000 and 100,00 euros. On a yearly basis, the cost per reseller is estimated between 750,000 and 1 million euro.

The document as posted on the UPC website will be a negotiating tool for the upcoming OPTA ruling on the conditions for third party access to the cabler. At an earlier stage, UPC said the wholesale price for third parties would be around 12 euro per subscriber.