Dutch fixed telephony market returns to 6 million lines, driven by VoIP

Dutch fixed telephony market returns to 6 million lines, driven by VoIP

The Dutch fixed telephony market grew by 31,000 connections during the first quarter of 2012 to 6.03 million lines, returning to a level not seen since the first quarter of 2006.

The market recovery was due to growth in the number of consumer VoIP subscriptions, which rose by 2.7 percent over the three months to 4.45 million at the end of March 2012. This offset a 6.7 percent drop in PSTN/ISDN connections to 1.29 million lines. The VoIP market was led by cable operators, which grew by 4.2 percent during the quarter to 2.36 million telephony lines, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Fixed Telephony Market report. DSL VoIP fell by 0.5 percent during the quarter to 1.87 million lines. The remaining VoIP lines were used by FTTH/B customers.

The strong Q1 led Telecompaper to slightly increase its market forecast for 2012. “During 2012, the fixed telephony market is expected to grow by 0.9 percent, with VoIP offsetting the continued decrease in PSTN/ISDN and WLR users,” according to Telecompaper senior research analyst and report author Kamiel Albrecht. “VoIP lines are expected to grow around 9 percent during 2012.”

Growth will be driven by more operators offering triple-play packages via multiple networks, as KPN, Telfort, XS4ALL and Vodafone already do. Telecompaper expects Tele2 and T-Mobile Online to follow their example and introduce services over fibre networks.

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