Dutch broadband market grows 1.1% in Q4 2011, driven by cable, fibre

The Dutch broadband market grew by slightly more than 67,000 connections or 1.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011, to a total 6.37 million lines. A 1.5 percent quarterly decrease in DSL connections to 3.24 million on 31 December 2011 was offset by 2.5 percent growth in cable broadband connections during the quarter, to 2.78 million at year-end. The number of FTTH/B connections also grew more than 14 percent during the quarter, giving the technology a 5 percent market share.

KPN, including its XS4ALL and Telfort brands, was still the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with a 39.9 percent market share at the end of 2011, after losing 0.8 percentage points during the year. Ziggo was number two with a market share of 26.1 percent, and UPC was third with almost 15 percent.

“During 2012, the broadband market is expected to grow 2.9 percent, with cable and fibre offsetting the continued decrease in DSL,” according to Telecompaper Senior Research Analyst Kamiel Albrecht. “Fibre is expected to grow more than 30 percent, and cable growth should reach more than 8 percent.”

Growth in 2012 will be driven by more operators offering triple-play packages via multiple networks. Tele2 and T-Mobile Online are expected to follow KPN and its brands and Vodafone and introduce services over FTTH networks. The market will also see an increased marketing focus on providing broadband plus video packages, including broadcast TV as well as OTT video services.

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