Dutch govt welcomes new EU telecom rules

New EU telecom agreement: good for Dutch consumers and competition

The Dutch government said it welcomed the agreement reached in Brussels about European rules for the telecom sector. EU Member States, the European Commission and the European Parliament have reached a provisional political agreement on new telecom rules.
Three important Dutch requests were included, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) said.

Multiple telecom providers on fixed networks possible
Not every provider can build their own network to a home or company. That is why open network access is important for competition between providers of telecom services. This also promotes choices for consumers and businesses. The inclusion of additional possibilities for a national supervisor to guarantee this access was an important European wish of the Netherlands. For example, several companies can offer telephony and internet services via a cable, copper or fiber optic network.

After the inception of the European telecom rules, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has the possibility to impose access to networks if they can hardly be re-established. In anticipation of this, the ACM has already proposed access regulation earlier this year because, according to the regulator, there is joint significant market power (SMP) at KPN and VodafoneZiggo on Dutch fixed networks.

Limiting maximum costs for calling to other EU countries

Other parts of the EU telecom agreement concern the installation of 5G and the costs of international calls to another EU country. From 2020, telecom providers in the European Union can use the first frequencies needed to offer 5G, a new standard for mobile communication. The agreement stipulates, for example, the minimum duration of permits at 20 years with which the investment security increases.

Since June 2017 roaming is already a thing of the past. Now the costs for calling in another EU country are also being restricted with maximum rates. For international calls, alternatives also exist such as video calling via services such as Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp.

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