Vodafone Netherlands said incumbent KPN delayed its plans to launch a rival multi-play service by three years with its anti-competitive behavior.
As a result, Vodafone’s Dutch unit started legal action against its larger competitor, claiming €115 million in damages.
KPN failed repeatedly to deliver the services agreed so that Vodafone Netherlands could launch its own nationwide TV, fixed broadband and telephony service called Vodafone Thuis, it said.
Meanwhile, KPN was able to launch a comparable package under its own brand and that of its Telfort subsidiary, meaning Vodafone lost out in a period when 100,000 households per quarter were moving to such all-in-one propositions.
Vodafone is the country’s second largest operator with 5 million mobile connections against 9 million for KPN, according to GSMA Intelligence (Q3, 2015 figures).
The delays meant Vodafone was unable to compete effectively against the incumbent in the multi-play market until 2014, it said.
Vodafone Netherlands lodged its claim in the court of justice in The Hague and has asked initially for the court to confirm its rival’s unlawful behaviour.