The Dutch FTTH market increased by 370,000 connections in 2014, with Reggefiber accounting for 77%.
At the end of December, the number of FTTH homes passed reached 2,329,000, accounting for over 30 percent of all Dutch households, according to the 2015 edition of Telecompaper’s annual FTTH report.
A number of milestones were reached in the course of last year, namely that the number of homes passed reached the 2 million and that the number of homes activated amounted to 750,000. In the second half of the year, FTTH household penetration increased.
In particular, KPN and Vodafone Netherlands on the Reggefiber networks and Caiway on the CIF networks saw their subscriber numbers grow faster than in previous years. At the end of the year, more than one in ten households in the Netherlands subscribed via fibre.
Most provinces have initiated rural broadband plans to bridge the digital divide. Many have put aside dozens of millions of euros for subsidies or loans, with inhabitants required to make a financial contribution in most cases. For example, Gelderland has the most connections with 460,000, Noord-Brabant grew fastest in term of numbers (+70,000), and Overijssel grew fastest in terms of percentages (+ 13%).