Dutch regulator Opta (http://www.opta.nl) has released a report by Analysys Mason on the business case for unbundled access to fibre-optic networks in the Netherlands.

The consultants looked at financial scenarios for the development of a large-scale FTTH network by incumbent operator KPN and the options for alternative providers to access unbundled fibre-optic services or wholesale broadband access on the network. Opta used the report for its market analyses on broadband and leased lines.

It is an interesting review which has similarities to our current environment here in Australia; where an FTTN rollout and the potential loss of "ULL" access will result in the stranding of millions of dollars of assets that have been invested by the likes of iiNet, Internode, Adam, Amcom, Primus, Powertel and Optus.

This report follows quickly on the heals of the annoucement by KPN to build an open access FTTH network to all 400,000 homes in Amsterdam.

The report can be downloaded from the OPTA web site.


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