Dutch broadband market grows to 6.54 million lines

The Dutch broadband market grew by 0.8 percent or 51,100 net additions during the third quarter of 2012, to reach 6.54 million connections on 30 September. A 0.5 percent quarterly decrease in DSL connections to 3.17 million was offset by 0.7 percent growth in cable broadband connections during the quarter, to 2.93 million. The number of FTTH/B connections also grew by more than 11 percent during Q3, giving the technology a 6.8 percent market share.

KPN, including its XS4ALL and Telfort brands, was still the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with a 38.9 percent share of subscribers at the end of September 2012, after losing 1.3 percentage points over the previous 12 months. Ziggo was number two with a market share of 26.5 percent, and UPC came third with 15.5 percent.

“During 2012, the broadband market is expected to grow 3.1 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 between 5 and 6 percent.”

Growth in 2012 is driven by more operators offering triple-play packages via multiple networks, headed by KPN and its brands, Vodafone and most recently Tele2 launching triple-play services via FTTH. 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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