Netherlands - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
In common with other telecom markets in the region, the Dutch market is seeing a continuing decline in the fixed-line voice market as customers migrate to VoIP and mobile platforms for voice calls. In addition, the physical copper infrastructure is being replaced with fibre and as part of the process some customers in rural areas, where the cost of deploying fibre is prohibitive, will be served with 5G for voice and data services in coming years.
The country has one of the highest fixed broadband penetration rates in the world, with effective cross-platform competition between DSL and HFC networks further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. By mid-2018 about a third of fixed-broadband connections provided data of at least 100Mb/s. Under regulatory measures adopted in October 2018 the main cableco VodafoneZiggo is obliged to offer wholesale cable broadband access to competitors. KPN has similar obligations on wholesale copper and fibre access.
This report details the key aspects of the Dutch telecom 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 the provisions for competitor access to cable and fibre infrastructure.
Regulator imposes wholesale access conditions on VodafoneZiggo;
Government invests €90 million in smart infrastructure project;
Netherlands Telecom Agency given oversight for smart meter deployments;
KPN reports continuing slide in revenue into 2018;
New regulator merges three market oversight entities;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.
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