On Wednesday KPN, the Dutch incumbent, announced that they would be opening up their FTTH deployments to their competitors, in order to maximise utilisation of the network.
This announcement builds on KPN’s announcement in May that they were setting up a joint venture with Reggefiber, a fibre network construction specialist, to build out their FTTH networks. KPN will hold a minority 41% share of the JV, and both KPN and Reggefiber will add their existing FTTH assets to the venture.
Reggefiber were responsible for building the network in Nuenen, and own 5% of the Nuenen network along with other local networks.
This approach is very different to those of other European incumbents. It is also interesting to note the process by which they have arrived at this announcement, as it builds on a number of local projects that have already been deployed, and moves KPN towards a civil utility-type arrangement.
For more information on this announcement see http://uk.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUKL2334840820080723