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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:

KPN preps for 5G trials;
Tele2 Netherlands launches VoWi-Fi service;
T-Mobile launches 4G For Home' solution;
KPN extends LTE-M services;
MNOs refarm 3G spectrum in the 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands for LTE;
T-Mobile Netherlands launches CA LTE-A services;
MNOs join with banks to launch m-payments system;
T-Mobile and Tele2 sign network sharing agreement;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for Q4 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2018, 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
4. Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 5G
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 3G
6. Internet of Things (IoT)
6.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
7. Mobile voice
8. Mobile data
8.1.1 SMS
8.2 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
9. Mobile broadband
10. Regulatory issues
10.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
10.1.1 2.6GHz
10.1.2 3.5GHz
10.1.3 Spectrum auction - 2012
10.1.4 Spectrum refarming
10.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
10.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.4 Roaming
10.5 Network sharing
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 KPN
11.2 VodafoneZiggo
11.3 T-Mobile Netherlands
11.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
12. Mobile content and applications
12.1 M-payments
12.2 Satellite mobile
13. 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 - 2017
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 voice traffic 2007 - 2018
Table 7 Market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Prepaid and contract subscribers by market share (MNOS) 2008 - 2017
Table 9 Prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) 2007 - 2017
Table 10 Mobile antennae in service by technology 2014 - 2017
Table 11 Investment in mobile infrastructure 2012 - 2016
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 13 KPN LTE subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 14 M2M connections 2010 - 2017
Table 15 Data traffic 2008 - 2017
Table 16 SMS traffic 2008 - 2018
Table 17 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 18 3G licence awards (spectrum, spectrum fees and admin fees) July 2000
Table 19 Wholesale termination revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 20 Wholesale terminated traffic 2010 - 2016
Table 21 Historic - Cumulative mobile numbers ported 2003 - 2009
Table 23 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 24 KPN mobile consumer retail and wholesale subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 25 KPN mobile revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 26 KPN mobile revenue by quarter 2015 - 2018
Table 27 KPN mobile monthly ARPU 2006 - 2018
Table 28 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 - 2017
Table 29 VodafoneZiggo mobile revenue 2016 - 2018
Table 30 VodafoneZiggo subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 31 Vodafone Netherlands ARPU 2004 - 2018
Table 32 Historic - Vodafone Netherlands voice minutes 2004 - 2016
Table 33 T-Mobile Netherlands subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 34 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 - 2018
Table 35 T-Mobile Netherlands mobile service revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 36 T-Mobile Netherlands blended ARPU 2006 - 2016
Table 37 MVNO subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 38 Tele2 mobile subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 39 Tele2 mobile revenue 2012 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile services revenue by sector 2008 2017
Chart 2 Total mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) 2002 2018
Chart 3 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2007 2017
Chart 4 KPN Mobile consumer retail subscribers 2006 2018
Chart 5 Vodafone Netherlands financial data 2007 2017
Chart 6 T-Mobile Netherlands financial data 2006 2018
Chart 7 MVNO subscribers 2005 2017
Exhibit 1 2.6GHz spectrum auction April 2010
Exhibit 2 Spectrum auction October 2012

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