Dutch tribunal overturns decision to open cable market
A Dutch companies tribunal on Wednesday overturned the telecommunications regulator's decision to compel big cable operators to open their networks to competitors.
"The companies' appeals tribunal has annulled four ... decisions that Opta (the Independent Post and Communications Authority) took for the broadcast sector on March 5, 2009," a court statement said.
Opta said in a statement the tribunal's ruling has put a stop to its efforts to open up the cable market.
In a bid to stimulate competition, Opta said it made a ruling in March last year that forced two big cable operators, UPC and Ziggo, to make their analogue cable infrastructure available for use by other companies.
It also compelled cable companies UPC, Ziggo, CAIW and Delta to allow other TV providers to broadcast digital signals to clients over their cable networks.
The four companies had challenged Opta's ruling in court.
UPC said the judgment proved that competition in the television sector was alive and well.
"This competition ... ensures technological innovation, digitalisation and choice for the consumer," it said in a statement.
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