Project title: Filtering on the CATV network
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Publication date: May 2008
Complete document: PDF, 488kB (Dutch)PDF


The Directorate-General of Energy and Telecommunications (DGET) of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is investigating how to provide Dutch consumers with larger selection of CATV distributors. One possibility is to induce competition on CATV networks by providing alternative suppliers with the opportunity to offer CATV services on the existing infrastructure.

The 'reselling' of a complete analogue CATV bundle can be implemented solely in administration, however to make different bundles available some type of filtering will be necessary. This requires changes in the existing CATV infrastructure, mainly in the street cabinets where CATV signals are split to individual consumers.

However, the question is whether filtering is technically and economically feasible. In this research it was found that it is technically possible to filter parts of the CATV services, however this introduces certain limitations. Whether it is economically feasible will depend on what alternative suppliers can charge for their services and what wholesale rate they have to pay to cable operators; Filtering will cost approximately 4 euro per month per connection. And this does not include the social costs of rearrangement of the CATV frequency spectrum that will be necessary to implement such a filter model.


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