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The Netherlands maintains its lead broadband position

The number of broadband connections and the number of digital TV subscription has increased in 2010 compared to the previous year. More Dutch consumers with a fixed telephony subscription use a digital connection for placing their calls.

This is evident from the market monitor 2010 report by Dutch telecom watchdog OPTA.

In 2010 the Netherlands still maintained its lead in terms of broadband among OECD countries. At 37.8 broadband connections for every 100 residents, the Netherlands, like it did in 2009, has the highest rate of broadband penetration. The number of fixed broadband connections grew to 6,308,000 in the third quarter of 2010. In comparison to the end of 2009, this represents a flattening growth rate of 3%, which indicates there is market saturation. Korea, Japan and Sweden are in the lead in terms of the number of fibre optic connections.

In 2010 the European Commission presented the Digital Agenda 2010-2014. One of the Digital Agenda’s objectives is for all residents of the European Union to have access to the internet at speeds exceeding 30 Mbps by 2020. In addition, the aim is for at least half of households to have access to the internet at a speed of 100 Mbps.

In 2010, DSL, at 3.6 million connections, was the most popular network. Cable was number two at 2.5 million connections. Growth in broadband via DSL was stagnant in 2010, while the number of broadband connections via cable grew by approximately 8.6% in comparison to the third quarter of 2009.

Fibre optics increased by approximately 51 percentage points from 104,000 active connections in mid-2009 to 157,000 connections by mid-2010. At the end of the third quarter of 2010, 57.7% of the total number of broadband connections was provided via DSL, 39.6% via cable and 2.6% via fibre optics.

Opta began in 2010 a three year study of the Dutch telecommunications market.