Monday, February 07, 2005

Take your coax and shove it

A couple of updates via a valued Dutch reader. According to this article, Dutch MSO Casema (backed by Carlyle) is responding to housing association FTTH deployments in an area of new build in the Vathorst district of Amersfoort by laying its own fiber. However, managing the collateral damage looks challenging. Casema's fiber triple play packages (internet, standard television and radio channels, and telephony) are priced at EUR44.95 for 3Mbps, EUR64.95 6Mbps, and EUR84.95 for 15Mbps, while the 10Mbps symmetrical fiber service from Portaal costs EUR50. That's the access story. On the content side, broadband bad boys Versatel are in this Financieel Dagblad article talking about a la carte programming offerings on their platform.

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