VodafoneZiggo avoids €1m fine by publishing wholesale rates

01 April 2019 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Netherlands operator VodafoneZiggo has bowed to the power of the regulator and published its wholesale access rates.

The regulator, Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM, Authority for Consumers and Markets), had told it to publish the wholesale rates for its broadband cable network by yesterday, 31 March, or face a fine of €100,000 a day up to €1 million. It finally did so, just in time.

The company, which is a joint venture between the Vodafone group and Liberty Global – which formerly used the Ziggo name for its Dutch cable network – produced a library of its main offer plus six appendices, listing technical specifications, order management and other details, including rates.

The documents, all in Dutch, say that bitstream access varies from €23.10 a month for 40/4Mbps (downstream/upstream) up to €43.70 for 400/40Mbps. VodafoneZiggo will also charge €125.39 for a wrong call-out of a technician.

Meanwhile Indian IT company Subex said VodafoneZiggo has awarded it a six-year contract to provide a software solution for its interconnect billing platform. VodafoneZiggo started an IT transformation project after the 2017 merger.

Michiel Peters, director of wholesale at VodafoneZiggo, said: “The partnership with Subex will definitely help us foray into newer and undiscovered segments with the revamping of our interconnect billing platform.”

He said that Subex’s “platform functionality and lower cost offshoring managed service capabilities made them the ideal partner” for the project.