2013 Netherlands - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 10 Mar 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 120

Publication Overview

This report assesses the key aspects of the Dutch telecom market, providing comprehensive updated data on fixed network services, profiles of the major operators and overviews of the key regulatory issues including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection, and the provisions for competitor access to cable and fibre infrastructure. The report also reviews media convergence and developments in digital, cable and interactive TV as well as services such as VoD, VoIP and IPTV. It provides statistics and analyses on the mobile market, including a review of the key operators and regulatory issues, together with a range of forecasts, and an assessment of emerging mobile data services such as mobile TV, and provides ARPU and 3G 2015.

Key developments:

Vodafone and KPN extend reach of commercial LTE services; MNOs join with banks to launch m-payments platform; KPN sells German unit E-Plus to Telefónica; Liberty Global to acquire remaining stake in Ziggo for €10 billion; KPN sells more of its mobile tower portfolio; decline in SMS as consumers switch to online messaging services; Ziggo launches as an MVNO; T-Mobile and Tele2 sign network sharing agreement; Canal Digital Satellite group acquires T-Mobile Netherlands’ broadband units; triple-play accessed in a third of households; KPN extends vectoring VDSL, upgrades FttP to 1Gb/s in select areas; smaller cablecos by-passing DOCSIS3.0 for FttP; KPN increases stake in Reggefiber to 60%, joins the Fon WiFi network; average download speed reaches 16Mb/s; Ziggo invests in national WiFi infrastructure; America Movil withdraws bid to buy KPN; regulator market data for Q2 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

KPN, Orange Netherlands, Tele2 Nederland, Versatel, Vodafone Netherlands, Digitenne, Nozema, UPC Nederland, Ziggo, Canal Digitaal, Telfort, Reggefiber, Scarlet Telecom.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- March 2014 (12th Edition)

Executive Summary

Further market consolidation indicative of improved services and lower customer costs into 2014

The mature Dutch telecom market has one of the most progressive broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. There is also strong competition in the mobile sector, and a progressive digital TV platform with the services of the dominant cable companies being complemented by KPN’s Digitenne and IPTV offerings.

With the broadband penetration rate among the highest in the world, the Netherlands benefits from comprehensive DSL and cable networks and a government-stimulated emphasis on fibre network roll-outs. The acquisition by Liberty Global of the remaining shares in Ziggo will provide a competitor to KPN with near national reach, stimulating each operator to upgrade their networks to avoid churn and retain their customer base. In this environment, customers can anticipate improved network capabilities in coming years, and competitive pricing for services.

The Dutch TV market benefits from a comprehensive cable network reaching almost all TV homes, together with upgraded DSL networks which provide IPTV services to most households. The country was the first to complete the move to DTTV broadcasting, in late 2006. Its excellent broadband infrastructure also forms the bedrock of popular bundled services offered by KPN and the cable services of Ziggo and UPC Nederland.

The Netherlands has continued to show growth in the mobile market. In common with other advanced European markets, the 3G and 4G sectors are the main drivers for subscriber growth, with much emphasis among operators to extend their LTE footprints nationally.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

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