HOLLAND PAVILION @ MWC BARCELONA 2021

CAI Harderwijk, effective market competition with structural separation

As a small local player CAI Harderwijk remained independent and sidestepped the mergers out of which the major market players have originated. CAI Harderwijk considers cable a utility for and from the community. Its limited scale actually proved to be a benefit to build and maintain a state-of-the-art network with complete separation of infrastructure and services. Within a manageable environment she takes a crucial role as a chain director with a sense of commercial interests and new propositions, but also from a social responsibility.

CAI Harderwijk shows that a model of separation of infrastructure and services with a healthy operation and high network utilization is possible. With six providers renting network access (including the national telco) there is a very healthy network occupation (now reaching 80%) and plenty of pure competition at the service level.

 

A truly open network

The unique approach of CAI Harderwijk ensures low barriers to entrants to the network. Optimal utilization of the network (for providers and consumers of services) is the main goal. It offers the best guarantee for a pluralistic supply, and it stimulates service innovation. The network of CAI Harderwijk is a completely open network. It allows pure competition between providers on the network.

Almost all network owners qualify their networks as open, meanwhile they create a lot of barriers. They also offer their own services, thus making it hard for new providers to compete with those services.

Unique about the situation in Harderwijk is that CAI Harderwijk itself opted for network neutrality. As an "incumbent" telco they opened up the network fully transparent, and withdrew as a service provider.

 

The distinctive position in the market of CAI Harderwijk is nationally and internationally appreciated. The Consumers Union called Harderwijk the Internet Valhalla of the Netherlands. And in 2015 the European Commission rewarded CAI Harderwijk with the first ever European Broadband Award.

Extensive knowledge and experience on the subject has been gained and is available to be shared.

https://www.caiharderwijk.nl/

CAI Harderwijk, effective market competition with structural separation

As a small local player CAI Harderwijk remained independent and sidestepped the mergers.

CAI Harderwijk considers cable a utility for and from the community. Its limited scale actually proved to be a benefit to build and maintain a state-of-the-art network with complete separation of infrastructure and services. Within a manageable environment she takes a crucial role as a chain director with a sense of commercial interests and new propositions, but also from a social responsibility.

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