Netherlands - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
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. This once encouraged Deutsche Telekom to consider selling its T-Mobile Netherlands unit, though this unit has since been strengthened by the acquisition in late 2016 of Vodafone Netherlands' fixed-line business. A progressive digital TV platform is facing increasing pressure from a range of videostreaming services recently launched by OTT players, including Netflix and others. 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 Ziggo, owned by Liberty Global and which in December 2016 formed a joint venture with Vodafone, becoming part of VodafoneZiggo Holding. The new company, operating under the Ziggo brand, capitalises on the former's broadband and the latter's LTE infrastructures.
This report details the key aspects of the Dutch telecom market. It provides updated data on fixed network services, profiles the major operators and reviews the key regulatory issues including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection, and the provisions for competitor access to cable and fibre infrastructure.
Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands form JV to exploit broadband and mobile capabilities; regulator's ruling on KPN access requirements come into effect; government kicks-starts 90 million smart infrastructure project to manage traffic; Netherlands Telecom Agency given oversight for smart meter deployments; KPN reports continuing slide in revenue for 2016; KPN extends vectoring VDSL technology; new regulator merges three market oversight entities; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q2 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.