Dutch broadband base reaches 6.43m lines in Q1, paper says

29 May 2012

The total number of broadband connections in the Netherlands stood at 6.43 million at 31 March 2012, up 48,500 or 0.8% in the quarter, according to Telecompaper. The online journal noted that a 2.1% quarter-on-quarter fall in DSL subscriptions to 3.21 million was offset by 2.8% expansion in the cable broadband base to 2.86 million. Further, the number of fibre-to-the-home/fibre-to-the-building (FTTH/FTTB) connections grew by 13% in January-March to around 353,650 lines, giving the platform a 5.5% market share.

As at 31 March, former monopoly KPN Telecom and its various retail brandings – including XS4ALL and Telfort – continued to dominate the high speed internet access market, with a 39.1% share of all users. However, the newspaper notes that this constituted a 0.8 percentage points fall on the same time in 2011. Meanwhile, the nation’s leading cableco, Ziggo, took second spot with a market share of 26.4% (1.697 million), ahead of Liberty Global’s UPC Nederland unit with roughly 15% (984,900).

The Dutch broadband market is forecast to grow by 2.9% over the full year 2012, driven by demand for cable and FTTx lines. Fibre-optic take-up is expected to expand by 35% for the year, while cable modem expansion is forecast at a more modest 6%.

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