Undaunted by the failure of PC maker Tulip, the latest mobile telecomms operator in Holland has adopted the same name for its forthcoming service.
The Tulip venture, owned by national telcos Belgacom of Belgium and Tele Danmark, was cleared by the EC yesterday to operate mobile services based on DCS 1800 technology throughout the Netherlands.
Tele Danmark won four licences in February from the Dutch ministry of communications to run DCS 1800 networks, and plans to transfer these to Tulip, subject to approval by the Dutch authorities.
The deal appears to have passed EC competition authorities smoothly since neither company has large market share in Holland. "The Commission did not in this case decide whether the different forms of mobile telephony - analogue, GSM, DCS 1800 - are part of the same product market or whether they constitute separate product markets, since the operation does not strengthen or reinforce a dominant position even on the narrowest market definition," the EC said.
To date, Tele Danmark's activity in the Netherlands has been limited to service provision in the mobile sector via the company Talkline.
Digital mobile telecomms were introduced in the Netherlands in 1994 when the incumbent PTT Telecom launched the first GSM network. This was followed in 1995 by Libertel, a consortium at the time headed by ING bank, to run the second network.
In February this year, the Dutch government awarded 16 narrow spectrum DCS 1800 licences and two DCS 1800/GSM licences, in auctions that are themselves the subject of complaints to the Commission.
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