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 […]

KPN targets businesses with internet and TV

Dutch telco KPN has launched a set of internet and TV packages aimed at small business customers. KPN said it was responding to demand from small businesses for basic packages that they can expand at a future date to meet their own needs with additional services. Businesses will be able to choose from a range […]

KPN adds to TV base

Dutch telco KPN added 25,000 IPTV customers in the second quarter, along with 8,000 broadband customers and 9,000 post-pad voice customers. KPN reported 2.346 million TV customers as of the end of June, up 1.3% year-on-year. IPTV customers numbered 2.055 million, up 4.7%, while other – mainly digital-terrestrial – TV homes declined by 17% to […]

KPN acquires multi-play operator Solcon

Dutch telecom operator KPN has acquired Solcon, a network operator serving private customers and businesses based in the city of Dronten. Solcon serves about 45,000 private customers with internet, fixed and mobile telephony and TV services. The company is also active in the enterprise sector. According to KPN, Solcon, which has about 75 employees, will […]

5G: KPN slams spectrum decision, TIM to launch trial in Turin

Dutch telco KPN has hit out at what it sees as a misguided spectrum policy from the Dutch government that could hinder the development of next-generation 5G mobile services in the country. KPN accused the Dutch government of failing to provide a degree of certainty about the availability of the 3.5GHz band for 5G services. […]

KPN TV additions slow down in fourth quarter

KPN added 18,000 IPTV customers in the quarter, along with 2,000 broadband customers and 19,000 post-paid mobile customers in the quarter. The IPTV additions represent a slowdown from the 22,000 added in the previous quarter and a sharp drop from the same period in 2015. The company now has a 30% market share in TV […]

KPN reappoints COO for second term

Dutch telco KPN has reappointed Joost Farwerck as chief operating officer for a second four-year term. As COO, Farwerck is responsible for the implementation of KPN’s operational and network strategy. During his first four-year term, he was tasked with simplifying the company’s operations. He has worked at KPN since 1994 in various management positions. Farwerck’s […]

Liberty Global and Vodafone complete Dutch JV

Liberty Global and Vodafone have completed the creation of their Dutch joint venture, establishing a converged fixed and mobile communications operator that can compete more effectively with KPN. Liberty Global said that the 50:50 JV, combining its Dutch unit Ziggo’s fibre-rich fixed-line network with Vodafone’s mobile operations would create “a stronger converged competitor” in the […]

Former BT CEO launches VC fund KEEN Venture Partners

KEEN Venture Partners, a new venture capital firm co-founded by former BT CEO Ben Verwaayen, has closed a €90 million inaugural fund. The VC fund said it will focus on investing in information and communications technology companies and intends to invest €5 million to €10 million per company. KEEN will provide early growth capital for […]

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