Dutch VoIP market grows to 4.33 million lines, driven by cable

Dutch VoIP market grows to 4.33 million lines, driven by cable

The Dutch fixed telephony market grew by 31,000 connections during the fourth quarter of 2011 to 5.99 million. While there was a 5.4 percent drop in PSTN/ISDN connections to 1.38 million, the number of Dutch consumer VoIP subscriptions grew 2.6 percent during the quarter, to 4.33 million at the end of 2011. The growth was driven by cable VoIP, which grew by 3.6 percent during the quarter to 2.27 million lines, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Fixed Telephony Market report. DSL VoIP was stable at 1.85 million lines. The remaining VoIP lines were used by FTTH/B customers.

“During 2012, the fixed telephony market is expected to grow by 0.7 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 brands XS4ALL and Telfort have done as well as Vodafone via FTTH. Telecompaper expects Tele2 and T-Mobile Online to follow Vodafone’s example.

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