The Dutch broadband market grew by around 55,000 connections or 0.9 percent during the second quarter of 2012, to a total 6.49 million lines. A 1 percent quarterly decrease in DSL connections to 3.181 million on 30 June 2012 was offset by 1.3 percent growth in cable broadband connections during the quarter, to 2.9 million. The number of FTTH/B connections also grew by more than 13 percent during Q2, giving the technology a 6.2 percent market share.
KPN, including its XS4ALL and Telfort brands, was still the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with a 39 percent market share at the end of June 2012, after losing 1.9 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 3.0 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 50 percent, and cable growth should reach between 6 and 7 percent.”
Growth in 2012 will be driven by more operators offering triple-play packages via multiple networks, headed by 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.