Dutch fixed telephony market growth continues

Dutch fixed telephony market growth continues

The Dutch fixed telephony market grew by 41,000 connections during the third quarter of 2012 to 6.12 million lines, returning to a level not seen since Telecompaper started reporting on the fixed telephony market in 2006. The market recovery was due to growth in the number of consumer VoIP subscriptions, which rose by 1.9 percent over the three months to 4.65 million at the end of September 2012. This offset a 4.7 percent drop in PSTN/ISDN connections to 1.18 million lines.

The VoIP market was led by FTTH/B, which grew by 15.1 percent during the quarter, and cable VoIP, which grew by 1.2 percent to 2.44 million telephony lines, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Fixed Telephony Market report. DSL VoIP also reported growth during the quarter, of 0.7 percent to 1.86 million lines. The remaining VoIP lines were used by FTTH/B customers.

The strong first nine months of the year led Telecompaper to increase its market growth forecast for 2012. “During 2012, the fixed telephony market is expected to grow by 2.3 percent, with VoIP offsetting the continued decrease in PSTN/ISDN and WLR users,” said Telecompaper senior research analyst and report author Kamiel Albrecht. “VoIP lines are expected to grow around 10 percent during 2012.”

Growth will be driven by more operators offering triple-play packages via multiple networks, as Tele2 and Scarlet have started doing on FTTH networks, complementing their existing offers via DSL. This followed similar launches by KPN, Telfort, XS4ALL and Vodafone.

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