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Network access through competition law: the KPN-Reggefiber case

This article discusses a case of a unique collaboration between a competition authority and a sector-speciic regulator, leading to an access regime for a new optical fibre network. The case, in which the Dutch incumbent telecommunications company KPN sets up a joint-venture with a new entrant in optical fibre called Reggeiber, is special for another reason: the remedies imposed are far-reaching and specific. Finally, the case is of interest because it provides a framework under which private investments in a new network can be combined with an open structure, guaranteeing reasonable access conditions for third parties.