Netherlands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Netherlands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • BuddeComm
  • February 2017
  • Broadband
  • 117 pages

Report Description

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The Dutch telecom market has one of the most mature broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition. DSL infrastructure provides national coverage while the HFC sector, dominated by the newly created joint venture VodafoneZiggo, reaches about 95% of households. In addition there is a strong and rapidly growing fibre sector, with the networks of the incumbent telco KPN being supplemented by a number of municipal projects.

KPN has also launched ‘Vplus’ technologies with the expectation of delivering data at up to 400Mb/s with future upgrades, while Liberty Global, joint owner of VodafoneZiggo, is at the forefront in deploying cable services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard, capable of delivering data at more than 1Gb/s. The market share held by DSL, once the dominant platform, has fallen consistently for several years as customers migrate to faster cable and fibre-based networks. The market share held by DSL, once the dominant platform, has fallen consistently for several years as customers migrate to faster cable and fibre-based networks. By early 2017 fibre accounted for more than 16% of all fixed-line broadband connections.

There is also strong competition in the mobile sector. Competitive pressure once encouraged Deutsche Telekom to consider selling its T-Mobile Netherlands unit, though this unit has been strengthened by the acquisition in late 2016 of Vodafone Netherlands’ fixed-line business. As a result, T-Mobile Netherlands unit is now also able to offer quad-play services and provide more effective competition to KPN.

The number of mobile subscribers in the Dutch market has continued to grow strongly, though much of this growth can be attributed to the M2M and mobile broadband sectors. Slower growth in traditional SIM cards is partly the result of higher mobile penetration and also to competition on pricing which has meant that subscribers have less cause to acquire SIM cards from different providers to capitalise on cheaper on-net tariffs.

In common with other European markets, the LTE sector is the main driver, supported by the combination of high smartphone penetration, competitive pricing for mobile data bundles, and the universal coverage of LTE networks provided by the network operators. In some rural areas with poor fixed-line broadband coverage MNOS offer LTE services as a fixed broadband replacement. In addition, a 5G research platform was set up in late 2016 as a test bed for future applications and services based on the anticipated 5G standard.

This report details the key aspects of the Dutch telecoms market. It provides updated data on fixed network services, profiles the major operators, and reviews the key regulatory issues including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection, and provisions for competitor access to cable and fibre infrastructure. The report also provides statistics and analyses on the mobile market, including regulatory issues and an assessment of emerging mobile data services and technologies. In addition the report covers the digital TV and videostreaming sectors as well as the fixed-line and wireless broadband sectors. It assesses operator strategies in relation to technologies including vectoring VDSL, FttP and DOCSIS3.1, analyses regulatory measures affecting network access, and provides broadband subscriber forecasts for selective years through to 2021.

Key developments:

  • KPN extends vectoring VDSL on a wholesale basis, upgrades FttP to 1Gb/s in select areas and expands trials of Vplus technology;
  • Ziggo invests in DOCSIS3.1 technology;
  • Ziggo and Vodafone complete joint venture as VodafoneZiggo;
  • Ziggo deploys Wi-Fi hotspots to thousands of street cabinets;
  • Government kicks-starts €90 million smart infrastructure project to manage traffic;
  • KPN reports continuing slide in revenue for 2016;
  • T-Mobile Netherlands launches quad-play offer, launches Knippr’ OTT service;
  • T-Mobile launches ‘4G For Home’ solution;
  • KPN expecting to offer commercial LTE-M services by end-2017;
  • MNOs begin refarming 3G spectrum in the 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands for LTE use;
  • T-Mobile Netherlands launches CA LTE-A services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q2 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

KPN, UPC Netherlands, Tele2 Netherlands, Stipte (Scarlet Telecom), Ziggo, Reggefiber, Digitenne, Nozema, Vodafone Netherlands, Tele2 Netherlands, Canal Digitaal, Telfort, Orange Netherlands, Versatel, T-Mobile Netherlands.

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Table of Content

1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market analysis

3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
3.2 EU regulatory framework
3.3 Revised NFR
3.4 Regulatory authority
3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Access
3.7.1 Copper Pair Bonding
3.7.2 Cable access
3.7.3 Fibre access
3.8 Number Portability (NP)
3.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
3.10 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)

4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Royal Koninklijke PTT Nederland (KPN)
4.2.1 Major acquisitions and sales
4.2.2 Structural separation
4.2.3 KPN’s IP network
4.3 Scarlet Telecom (Stipte)
4.4 Tele2 Netherlands
4.4.1 Versatel Telecom International NV
4.5 VodafoneZiggo
4.5.1 UPC Nederland

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Infrastructure investment by sector – 2012 - 2015
Table 8 – Wholesale fibre unbundled connections – 2014 - 2016
Table 9 – Wholesale fibre active unbundled connections – 2014 - 2016
Table 10 – CPS subscribers and WLR lines – 2008 - 2014
Table 11 – WLR lines – 2008 - 2015
Table 12 – Fixed-line revenue (PSTN, VoB) – 2006 - 2016
Table 13 – Fixed-line traffic by type – 2008 - 2015
Table 14 – Fixed-line traffic revenue – 2006 - 2016
Table 15 – KPN net line loss – 2005 - 2016
Table 16 – KPN network channels (consumer), PSTN, ISDN, VoIP – 2005 - 2015
Table 17 – KPN RGUs (consumer) – 2015 - 2016
Table 18 – KPN consumer market share by sector – 2007 - 2016
Table 19 – KPN subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2015
Table 20 – KPN Group financial data – 2004 - 2016
Table 21 – KPN financial data by sector (Netherlands) – 2005 - 2016
Table 22 – Tele2 Netherlands residential subscribers by type – 2007 - 2016
Table 23 – Tele2 Netherlands revenue by sector – 2007 - 2016
Table 24 – Ziggo financial data – 2006 - 2016
Table 25 – Ziggo subscriber data – 2007 - 2016
Table 26 – UPC Nederland subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 27 – Fixed lines in services by type (retail) – 2006 - 2016
Table 28 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
Table 29 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
Table 30 – Netherlands internet bandwidth – 1998 - 2015
Table 31 – KPN wholesale connections by type – 2015 - 2016
Table 32 – Unbundled MDF connections by type – 2008 - 2015
Table 33 – Historic - Broadband retail subscribers (cable modem, DSL, fibre) – 1999 - 2009
Table 34 – Fixed broadband retail subscribers (cable modem, DSL, fibre) – 2010 - 2017
Table 35 – Fixed-line broadband market share by technology – 2008 - 2017
Table 36 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed – 2010 – 2016
Table 37 – DSL broadband connections by speed – 2010 – 2016
Table 38 – Cable broadband connections by speed – 2010 – 2016
Table 39 – Fibre broadband connections by speed – 2013 – 2016
Table 40 – Broadband penetration rate – 1999 - 2016
Table 41 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2007 - 2014
Table 42 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 43 – Cable modem subscribers (retail) – 2000 - 2017
Table 44 – Ziggo financial data – 2006 - 2016
Table 45 – Ziggo revenue by segment – 2012 - 2015
Table 46 – Ziggo subscriber data – 2007 - 2016
Table 47 – UPC Nederland subscribers (historic) – 2005 - 2014
Table 48 – UPC Netherlands revenue (€) (historic) – 2007 - 2014
Table 49 – UPC Netherlands revenue by segment (€) (historic) – 2012 - 2014
Table 50 – KPN consumer retail broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2015
Table 51 – DSL market share of broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2013
Table 52 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2016
Table 53 – Tele2 DSL subscribers – 2006 - 2016
Table 54 – Households connected to upgraded copper networks – 2014 - 2016
Table 55 – FttP connections and subscribers – 2006 - 2016
Table 56 – FttP subscribers – 2006 - 2017
Table 57 – KPN/Reggefiber FttP activated premises – 2009 - 2015
Table 58 – Bundled play subscribers by type – 2013 - 2016
Table 59 – Market share of broadband in bundled services – 2011 - 2016
Table 60 – Market share of fixed-voice in bundled services – 2011 - 2016
Table 61 – Market share of TV in bundled services – 2011 - 2016
Table 62 – KPN subscribers with bundled services – 2008 - 2016
Table 63 – Digital TV distribution infrastructure market share – 2003 – 2011
Table 64 – TV retail revenue by platform – 2006 – 2016
Table 65 –TV subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2016
Table 66 – Digitenne subscribers – 2006 - 2016
Table 67 – KPN IPTV subscribers – 2008 - 2016
Table 68 – Ziggo VoIP subscribers – 2007 - 2016
Table 69 – Voice-over-Broadband lines in services – 2006 - 2016
Table 70 – KPN VoIP subscribers – 2005 - 2015
Table 71 – Cable TV subscribers by type – 2008 - 2016
Table 72 – Cable TV households and penetration – 2008 - 2016
Table 73 – Ziggo cable TV subscribers – 2007 - 2016
Table 74 – UPC Nederland cable TV subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 75 – UPC Netherlands revenue (€) – 2007 - 2014
Table 76 – Satellite TV households and household penetration – 2002 – 2011; 2016
Table 77 – Mobile services market revenue – 2006 - 2016
Table 78 – Mobile services revenue by sector– 2008 - 2016
Table 79 – Historic - Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) – 1999 - 2009
Table 80 – Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) – 2010 - 2017
Table 81 – Total mobile traffic – 2007 - 2017
Table 82 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2015
Table 83 – Prepaid and contract subscribers by market share (MNOS) – 2008 - 2016
Table 84 – Prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) – 2007 - 2016
Table 85 – Mobile antennae in service by technology – 2014 - 2017
Table 86 – Investment in mobile infrastructure – 2012 - 2015
Table 87 – Data traffic – 2008 - 2017
Table 88 – SMS and data revenue – 2008 - 2016
Table 89 – SMS traffic – 2008 - 2017
Table 90 – Mobile broadband subscribers via laptops – 2009 - 2016
Table 91 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 92 – 3G licence awards (spectrum, spectrum fees and admin fees) – July 2000
Table 93 – MTRs – 2006 - 2008
Table 94 – MTRs – 2009 - 2012
Table 95 – Wholesale termination revenue – 2007 - 2015
Table 96 – Wholesale terminated traffic – 2010 - 2016
Table 97 – Historic - Cumulative mobile numbers ported – 2003 - 2009
Table 98 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
Table 99 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
Table 100 – KPN LTE subscribers – 2012 - 2015
Table 101 – M2M connections – 2010 - 2016
Table 102 – KPN mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2016
Table 103 – KPN mobile consumer retail and wholesale subscribers – 2006 - 2016
Table 104 – KPN mobile monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2016
Table 105 – Vodafone Netherlands financial data – 2007 - 2017
Table 106 – Vodafone Netherlands subscribers – 2004 - 2016
Table 107 – Vodafone Netherlands blended ARPU – 2004 - 2016
Table 108 – Vodafone Netherlands voice minutes – 2004 - 2016
Table 109 – T-Mobile Netherlands subscribers – 2006 - 2016
Table 110 – T-Mobile Netherlands financial data – 2006 - 2016
Table 111 – T-Mobile Netherlands mobile service revenue – 2007 - 2016
Table 112 – T-Mobile Netherlands blended ARPU – 2006 - 2016
Table 113 – MVNO subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 114 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2016
Table 115 – Tele2 mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
Table 116 – Ziggo mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2016

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