Netherlands Telecom Market

Netherlands is a Connected Player market in Western Europe with 5 operators and 18.5 million mobile connections.

Regulatory: OPTA


KPN                         30-35%

Vodafone                20-25%

T-Mobile                 15-20%


Tele2 Netherlands

UPC Netherlands



T-mobile Netherlands



Mobile Virtual Network Operators

88 Mobile - 88 Telecom
ACN Mobile - ACN Netherlands
AH Mobiel - Albert Heijn BV
Bliep - The Telegraaf Media Group (TMG)
DekaMobiel | Dirk Mobiel - DekaMarkt
dekatel - Dekatel Telecom
E-Mobiel - 4COM Solutions
EspritXB - Detron ICT Solutions BV
Euphony - Euphony Benelux NV
Expat Mobil | TrendCall - TrendCall Netherlands B.V.
FC Groningen Mobiel | FC Utrecht Mobiel | Feyenoord Mobiel | NAC Mobiel | NEC Mobiel | PSV Mobiel | Vitesse Mobiel | FC Twente Mobiel | RKC Mobiel | Ajax Mobiel - Club Mobiel BV
FirmTel - FirmTel Holdings BV
Galaxy Business Networks - Galaxy Business Networks BV
GT Mobile | Lycamobile | Toggle Mobile - Lycamobile Netherlands Limited
HEMA Prepaid Bellen - HEMA B.V
Hilf Telecom - Hilf Telecom B.V
Hollandsnieuwe - Hollandsnieuwe
Intercity Zakelijk - Intercity Communications BV
Internet Overal - Internet Overal BV
Jumbo - Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.
Lebara Mobile - Lebara Netherlands
mtel - Mtel B.V.
Rabo Mobiel - Rabo Mobiel BV
Scarlet - Scarlet Telecom BV
Sizz - Sizz
Skilje - Friesch Dagblad
SpeakUp Mobile (ECOFOON) - SpeakUp BV
Tele2 - Tele2 Nederland BV
Telesur - Telesur Mobiel Nederland
Transatel - Transatel Solutions
UPC - UPC Nederland
Vectone Mobile - Vectone Mobile
Wireless Circle - Wireless Campus B.V.
Wireless Maingate - Wireless Maingate Nordic AB
Yes Telecom - Yes Telecom Netherlands B.V.
Youfone - Youfone Netherlands B.V.

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Netherlands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media

Statistics and Analyses

Fibre accounting for 13% of broadband lines in the Netherlands

The Dutch telecom market has one of the most advanced broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition between DSL and HFC networks further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. There is also strong competition in the mobile sector, a factor which has obliged Deutsche Telekom to consider selling its T-Mobile Netherlands unit. A progressive digital TV platform is facing increasing pressure from a range of videostreaming services recently launched by OTT players, including Netflix. Telcos have responded with their own services in a bid to arrest customer cord cutting in preference for on-line video services.

The cable sector is dominated by UPC Netherlands and Ziggo, both owned by Liberty Global and which since March 2015 have been merged within Ziggo Group. The two companies nevertheless operate separate networks and provide separate services to customers within their respective footprints. These two players control more than 90% of the cable TV and cable broadband market.

The number of mobile subscribers has grown slowly in recent years, and much of this growth is due to the rapid development of the M2M sector. In common with other advanced European markets, the LTE sector is the main driver, supported by the combination of high smartphone penetration and competitive pricing for mobile data bundles.

Following the acquisition of Orange by T-Mobile in late 2007 there are only three network operators in the market. All provide wholesale services to MVNOs and resellers, and have focussed on HSPA and LTE infrastructure as a basis for developing mobile data services. Deutsche Telekom in late 2015 began exploring the possibility of selling its Dutch unit, noting that the highly competitive market is moving to a platform of converged services in which it is at a disadvantage. Within the mobile sector alone T-Mobile Netherlands is facing increased pressure from smaller operators such as Ziggo, which are also providing LTE services.

Broadband penetration in the Netherlands is one of the highest in the world, the result of large-scale government and municipal investment in broadband infrastructure. KPN has extended its vectoring VDSL service while the merged UPC Netherlands and Ziggo have upgraded their networks with DOCSIS3.0, and are looking to deploy DOCSIS3.1 in coming years. This upgrade will be capable of delivering 1Gb/s services and higher. 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 2016 fibre accounted for almost 13% of all fixed-line broadband connections.

Source: Budde 

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