Cable becomes largest broadband technology with 3.1 million lines

Houten, The Netherlands, 25 March 2014 - The number of Dutch broadband via cable connections has grown by 1.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 3.09 million on 31 December. Cable passed DSL to become the largest broadband technology for the first time since Q4 2003. DSL dropped 0.8 percent during the quarter to end 2013 with 3.05 million connections. The number of FTTH/B connections also grew by almost 5 percent during Q4, giving the technology a 9.3 percent share of the market. The whole broadband market grew by 0.6 percent or 42,700 net additions during the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 6.76 million connections as the growth in cable as well fibre was enough to off-set the decrease in DSL connections.

Telecompaper estimates that retail revenues for the consumer broadband market increased by 1.2 percent to EUR 507 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and forecasts a CAGR of 2.2 percent for the broadband revenues until 2018.

KPN, including its XS4ALL and Telfort brands, is the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with a 40.5 percent share of subscribers at the end of December 2013, after losing 0.1 percentage point compared with the previous quarter. Ziggo was number two with a market share of 27.4 percent, and UPC came third with 15.8 percent of broadband subscribers.

“During 2014, broadband connections are expected to grow by 2.3 percent, with cable and fibre offsetting the continuing decrease in DSL,” according to Telecompaper Senior Research Analyst Kamiel Albrecht. “Annual growth is slowing, as over 88.6 percent of households now have broadband, leaving less room for growth.”

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Due to continuous improvements in calculations, the numbers in this press release cannot directly be compared with numbers from previous press releases from Telecompaper on the Dutch broadband market.

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Kamiel Albrecht - Senior Research Analyst
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