Wanadoo to construct own broadband network
6 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — French internet provider Wanadoo plans to construct its own broadband cable network in the Netherlands in a direct challenge to Dutch telecoms firm KPN.
6 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — French internet provider Wanadoo plans to construct its own broadband cable network in the Netherlands in a direct challenge to Dutch telecoms firm KPN.
Wanadoo will start in the Randstad region dominated by the four largest Dutch cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht plus other densely-populated regions, news agency nu.nl reported.
Presently, Wanadoo uses the existing KPN network, but said on Monday that the costs are too high and will start constructing its own network next year. It hopes to sign up 55 percent of Dutch households.
Wanadoo — a subsidiary of France Telecom — is the second largest ISP in the Netherlands, trailing only KPN. At the end of June, it had 613,000 subscribers, two thirds of whom had a broadband connection.
It would not say how much the project would cost, but experts told Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad that constructing a broadband network could cost several tens of millions of euros, a French AFP report said.
Internet provider Tiscali had previously decided to construct its personal network also. Only Freeler and KPN subsidiaries Het Net, Xs4all and Planet Internet still exclusively use the KPN network.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news + internet