The total number of mass market broadband connections (residential and SOHO) reached 6.29 million at 30 June 2011, up 0.7% quarter-on-quarter, Telecompaper reports. In the April-June period the country’s service providers collectively added a net 41,000 new broadband users, albeit that figure was roughly 10,000 lines down on the number added in 1Q11. Second-quarter growth was fuelled by popularity for cable and fibre-optic (FTTB/FTTH) connections, it said, which helped to offset a 0.7% q-o-q fall in xDSL lines to 3.32 million. At the same date the Netherlands was home to 2.66 million cable broadband users, up 1.6% or 42,000 new lines, and 269,000 FTTB/FTTH lines. Moreover, as at 30 June incumbent operator KPN had 28,700 VDSL (FTTC) customers and other ISPs reported a further 1,600 VDSL lines. In terms of retail market share, the paper says Internet van KPN was the largest broadband ISP in the country at the start of July 2011, with a share of 29.1%, followed by cablecos Ziggo and UPC Netherlands with 25.5% and 14.0% respectively, and Tele2 Netherlands in fourth with 7.5%.