KPN taps Accenture to enhance iTV service

Dutch operator KPN has agreed a new five-year deal with Accenture, in a move designed to enhance the customer experience of KPN’s digital video service iTV. Accenture will implement and run the latest version of its digital video platform, AVS 6, which will allow KPN to test, build, and scale personalised video experiences. “To compete […]

KPN to shut down KPN Play due to ‘insufficient demand’

Dutch teclo KPN is due to shut down its over-the-top TV service KPN Play on July 2 citing “insufficient demand”. In a statement the company said that the subscription online service, which offered a new way of watching TV when it launched in 2015, did not get sufficient traction. During June the company will make […]

KPN names new strategy chief

Dutch telco KPN has named Wouter Stammeijer as executive vice-president of strategy. Stammeijer, 37, who is currently head of investor relations for KPN, replaces Jan Wildeboer, 65. He will take up his post on June 1. Stammeijer worked in the telecom sector team for ING Wholesale Banking before joining KPN in 2010. Reinout Van Ierschot, […]

KPN sees IPTV base rise as DTT base falls

Dutch telco KPN grew its overall TV base by 1.6% year-on-year in the quarter to March, taking its total to 2.3374 million. Growth of 4.8% in KPN’s IPTV base, which now numbers 2.127 million was partially offset by a 19% decline in its Digitenne digital-terrestrial and analogue TV customers, now numbering 248,000. KPN’s overall TV […]

Ibarra takes over at KPN

Maximo Ibarra has taken over the role of CEO of Dutch telco KPN from previous incumbent Eelco Blok in a move that was initially announced in October last year. The telco also reappointed CFO Jan Kees de Jager to the board. KPN’s annual general meeting also approved the reappointment of former Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe […]

KPN launches new TV app as content portability kicks in

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new interactive TV app with a new design and added functionality. The launch of the new app also comes as the EU mandates content portability for paid-for TV services, enabling subscribers to view the services they pay for while travelling temporarily abroad within the EU. The new KPN app […]

VodafoneZiggo chief calls for regulatory certainty

The Netherlands risks being left behind if the Dutch government fails to provide legal certainty for those making long-term investments in digital infrastructure, according to Liberty Global and Vodafone JV VodafoneZiggo’s CEO Jeroen Koencamp. During a debate organised by the operator, Hoenkamp criticised moves by the government and regulator the ACM to impose further regulation […]

KPN sees convergence growth as IPTV subscribers rise

Dutch telco KPN added 23,000 IPTV subscribers in the quarter to September, along with 11,000 broadband subscribers and 12,000 post-paid mobile customers. The telco’s IPTV base increased by 5.5% year-on-year to 2.095 million. However, other TV customers – principally those of digital-terrestrial TV offering Digitenne – declined by 17% to 279,000, meaning that KPN’s overall […]

European Court annuls EC approval of VodafoneZiggo JV

The European Union General Court has annulled the European Commission’s approval of the merger of Vodafone and Ziggo in the Netherlands following an appeal by KPN. The European Commission approved the creation of the VodafoneZiggo joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global’s Dutch unit in 2014 after Liberty Global agreed to divest premium film channel […]

KPN names new CEO

Dutch telco KPN has named Maximo Ibarra as the company’s new management board chairman and CEO. Ibarra will succeed current chairman and CEO Eelco Blok when the latter steps down on April 18 next year. Blok has served as the company’s chief for 12 years. Ibarra will joint KPN in an advisory role on January […]