Dutch broadband market continues to grow

Dutch broadband market continues to grow

The Dutch broadband market grew by 0.7 percent during the first quarter of this year, to reach 6.33 million connections on 31 March according to Telecompaper’s quarterly update on the Dutch broadband market.

During the quarter, 47,000 net additions were recorded, around 12,000 less than during the fourth quarter of 2010. The number of DSL connections dropped by 0.8 percent or almost 28,000 during the quarter, to reach a total of 3.43 million and cable reported quarterly growth of 2.2 percent for the first quarter, adding 55,200 new broadband customers to end the quarter with 2.622 million connections.

The number of broadband subscribers via FTTH grew to around 246,300 on 31 March of this year, which represents a share of 3.9 percent on the Dutch broadband market. At the same time, KPN had 28,000 VDSL (FTTC) customers and other ISPs had 1,000 VDSL (FTTC) customers, representing 0.5 percent of the broadband market.

At the end of the quarter, Internet van KPN was the largest broadband ISP in the Netherlands with 29.0 percent of the subscribers. Ziggo is number two with 24.9 percent, followed by UPC with 13.7 percent and Tele2 with 7.6 percent.

For the full year, Telecompaper expects a growth of between 2.7 percent and 3.0 percent to a broadband penetration of almost 87 percent.

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