The largest cable operator in the Netherlands Ziggo is also the largest broadband provider with slightly more than 3.13 million connections.
Despite double-digit growth during the third quarter, Ziggo’s market share was lower.
Incumbent KPN (including Telfort, XS4ALL and Edutel) was number two, adding 6,000 broadband lines in the quarter while losing 0.1% market share. The quarterly growth of smaller operators, mostly via fibre networks, was greater than Ziggo’s or KPN’s net additions.
The Dutch broadband market has grown to almost 7.28 million broadband lines on September 30 of this year. This compares with a household penetration of 93.6%, according to Telecompaper’s Dutch Broadband 2016 Q3 report. During the third quarter the Dutch broadband market continued to grow albeit at a slower pace than in preceding quarters with 37,000 net additions. At the same time, the broadband revenues reached EUR 465 million.
Fibre continues to drive the broadband market with 2.9% quarterly growth while cable also grew during the quarter. Cable is still the largest broadband technology with more than 3.3 million connections. Fibre grew to almost 15% of the broadband market and DSL lost 0.3% during the quarter to see its market share below 40%.
Telecompaper expects the broadband market to grow by 2.5% during 2016. For the period 2016-2020, the average annual growth is expected to be 1.9% for broadband lines and 1.3% for broadband revenues, continuing the current trends at slightly slower paces.