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Netherlands - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Netherlands - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

The number of mobile subscribers in the Dutch market has continued to grow strongly, though much of this growth can be attributed to the M2M and mobile broadband sectors. Slower growth in traditional SIM cards is partly the result of higher mobile penetration and also to competition on pricing which has meant that subscribers have less cause to acquire SIM cards from different providers to capitalise on cheaper on-net tariffs. In common with other European markets, the LTE sector is the main driver, supported by the combination of high smartphone penetration, competitive pricing for mobile data bundles, and the universal coverage of LTE networks provided by the network operators. In some rural areas with poor fixed-line broadband coverage MNOS offer LTE services as a fixed broadband replacement.
Market revenue has been affected in recent quarters as a result of competition and regulatory measures on termination rates and roaming tariffs, as well as by consumer adoption of alternative messaging services, which has reduced the volume of SMS traffic.
The mobile market is concentrated, with the triopoly of T-Mobile Netherlands, KPN and VodafoneZiggo supplemented by a good number of MVNOs and resellers. MNOs have focussed on LTE infrastructure as a basis for developing mobile data services, while a 5G research platform was set up in late 2016 as a test bed for future applications and services based on the anticipated 5G standard. Additional pressure on MNOs is coming from new regulations which ended the restriction by which SIM cards were owned only by MNOs, essentially paving the way for private network operators to develop M2M and other services.
This report provides statistics and analyses on the Dutch mobile market, including a review of the key operators and regulatory issues, and an assessment of emerging mobile data services, LTE-B and developments in carrier aggregation technologies.

Key developments:

Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands complete JV to exploit broadband and mobile capabilities; Ziggo transfers mobile subscribers to the Vodafone network; T-Mobile launches 4G For Home' solution; KPN offering commercial LTE-M services; MNOs refarm 3G spectrum in the 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands for LTE; KPN offering LTE broadcast; T-Mobile Netherlands launches CA LTE-A services; government legalises carrier-free SIM cards; MNOs join with banks to launch m-payments system; decline in SMS as consumers switch to online messaging services; T-Mobile and Tele2 sign network sharing agreement; M2M numbers allocated; report update includes the regulator's market data for Q4 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

KPN, Orange Netherlands, Tele2, Versatel, Vodafone Netherlands, Ziggo, T-Mobile Netherlands.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS
3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.1.1 2.6GHz
4.1.2 3.5GHz
4.1.3 Spectrum auction - 2012
4.1.4 Spectrum refarming
4.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Roaming
4.5 Network sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 3G
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G
5.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
5.3 Internet of Things (IoT)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 KPN
6.2 VodafoneZiggo
6.3 T-Mobile Netherlands
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 M-payments
7.2 Satellite mobile
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile services market revenue (MNOs) 2006 - 2016
Table 2 Mobile revenue by retail, wholesale 2013 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile services revenue by sector 2008 - 2016
Table 4 Historic - Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 1999 - 2009
Table 5 Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 2010 - 2018
Table 6 Total mobile traffic 2007 - 2018
Table 7 Market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Prepaid and contract subscribers by market share (MNOS) 2008 - 2016
Table 9 Prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) 2007 - 2016
Table 10 Mobile antennae in service by technology 2014 - 2017
Table 11 Investment in mobile infrastructure 2012 - 2016
Table 12 Data traffic 2008 - 2018
Table 13 SMS traffic 2008 - 2017
Table 14 Mobile broadband subscribers via laptops 2009 - 2016
Table 15 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 16 3G licence awards (spectrum, spectrum fees and admin fees) July 2000
Table 17 Wholesale termination revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 18 Wholesale terminated traffic 2010 - 2016
Table 19 Historic - Cumulative mobile numbers ported 2003 - 2009
Table 21 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 22 KPN LTE subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 23 M2M connections 2010 - 2016
Table 24 KPN mobile subscribers 1998 - 2017
Table 25 KPN mobile consumer retail and wholesale subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 26 KPN mobile monthly ARPU 2006 - 2017
Table 27 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 - 2017
Table 28 VodafoneZiggo mobile revenue 2015 - 2017
Table 29 VodafoneZiggo subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 30 Vodafone Netherlands blended ARPU 2004 - 2016
Table 31 Vodafone Netherlands voice minutes 2004 - 2016
Table 32 T-Mobile Netherlands subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 33 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 - 2017
Table 34 T-Mobile Netherlands mobile service revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 35 T-Mobile Netherlands blended ARPU 2006 - 2016
Table 36 MVNO subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 37 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 38 Tele2 mobile revenue 2012 - 2017
Chart 1 Mobile services revenue by sector 2008 2016
Chart 2 Total mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 2002 2018
Chart 3 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2007 2016
Chart 4 KPN Mobile consumer retail subscribers 2006 2017
Chart 5 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 2017
Chart 6 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 2017
Chart 7 MVNO subscribers 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 2.6GHz spectrum auction April 2010
Exhibit 2 Spectrum auction October 2012

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