Telecompaper’s quarterly report about the Dutch broadband market said that during the last quarter of 2013 cable passed DSL to become the largest broadband technology for the first time since Q4 2003.
DSL dropped 0.8% during the quarter to end 2013 with 3.05 million connections.
The whole broadband market grew by 0.6% or 42,700 net additions during the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 6.76 million connections at the end of the year, including 9.3% fibre connections.
The quarterly growth of almost 5% for fibre and the aforementioned cable broadband growth were thus able to off-set the decrease in DSL connections.
KPN, including its XS4ALL and Telfort brands, is the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with a 40.5% share of subscribers at the end of December 2013, after losing 0.1% point compared with the previous quarter. It was followed by Ziggo with 27.4% and UPC with 15.8%.
Telecompaper estimates that retail revenues for the consumer broadband market increased by 1.2% to EUR 507 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and forecasts a CAGR of 2.2% for the broadband revenues until 2018.
With regards to broadband connections, the expected growth for 2013 is 2.3%, slowing down from 2013 and 2012, mainly due to the high household penetration of 88.6%.