Belgian multi-service operator Mobistar has said that it has made the necessary payments to the country’s cable operators for the introduction of the cable regulation, noting that this development means that cablecos now have six months in which to open up their networks for wholesale access. In a press release Mobistar confirmed that it had paid Telenet and VOO (including Brutele and Tecteo) EUR600,000 (USD732,000) each as an initial contribution to the costs associated with the opening of their respective networks. According to Mobistar, the payments also determine the start of the six-month period in which the cable operators ‘must offer the necessary technical and operational systems to potential wholesale customers’. Claiming that the move means that it is ‘fulfilling its promise to proceed with the effective introduction of the cable regulation’, Mobistar has said it hopes that, should the cablecos fail to fulfil their obligations, the country’s various component regulators will step in.
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