Purchase of shares of 450connect GmbH

On 31 May 2016, Alliander AG purchased the entire share capital of Inquam Deutschland GmbH (name changed to 450connect GmbH). 450connect GmbH is active in leasing bandwidth to third parties, including provision of related services. The purchase of 450connect GmbH will enable Alliander AG to establish a private mobile communication network for smart meter and smart grid applications etc. Alliander N.V. has been developing a similar communication network in the Netherlands in partnership with Stedin since 2014, owned by the joint operation Utility Connect. For more detailed disclosures see also note [1] to the financial statements.