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

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

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers in the Dutch market has faltered in recent years, though there remains growth in the M2M and mobile broadband sectors. The decline in the number of traditional SIM cards is partly the result of higher mobile penetration and also of 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 in the sector, supported by the combination of high smartphone penetration and competitive pricing for mobile data bundles. While operators are concentrating investment on 5G some, including KPN, have begun the process of closing 3G infrastructure with a view to refarming spectrum and other assets for LTE and 5G services. In some rural areas with poor fixed-line broadband coverage MNOS offer LTE services as a fixed broadband replacement and this trend will gain pace once 5G becomes widely available from about 2022.

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 fairly concentrated though the triopoly of T-Mobile Netherlands, KPN and VodafoneZiggo is supplemented by a good number of MVNOs and resellers. In recent years MNOs have focussed on LTE infrastructure and technology upgrades as a basis for developing mobile data services, with at least 95% of subscribers having LTE-compatible smartphones. More recently there has been investment in 5G: a 5G research platform was set up in late 2016 as a test bed for future applications and services, while a number of trials have included traffic control and smart applications. 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, an assessment of emerging mobile data services and details of technologies based on LTE-B, LTB-M and 5G.

Key developments:

KPN preps for 5G trials, plans 3G network shutdown in 2022;
Tele2 Netherlands launches VoWi-Fi service;
T-Mobile launches 4G For Home' solution;
VodafoneZiggo completes LTE-M network roll out;
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 Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • Table Mobile services market revenue (MNOs) - 2006 - 2017
    • Table Mobile revenue by retail, wholesale - 2013 - 2017
    • Table Mobile services revenue by sector- 2008 - 2017
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile (SIM) subscribers and penetration rate (regulator data) - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Total mobile voice traffic - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers by market share (MNOS) - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Mobile antennae in service by technology - 2014 - 2017
      • Table Investment in mobile infrastructure - 2012 - 2017
  • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table KPN LTE subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • 3G
  • INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections - 2010 - 2017
  • MOBILE VOICE
  • MOBILE DATA
    • Table Data traffic - 2008 - 2017
    • Table Data traffic quarterly change - 2016 - 2017
    • SMS
      • Table SMS traffic - 2008 - 2018
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICES (MMS)
  • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2018
    • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by type - 2009 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SPECTRUM REGULATIONS AND SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
      • Table 3G licence awards (spectrum, spectrum fees and admin fees) - July 2000
      • 2.6GHz
      • 3.5GHz
      • Spectrum auction - 2012
      • Spectrum auction -2020
      • Spectrum refarming
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
      • Table Wholesale termination revenue - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Wholesale terminated traffic - 2010 - 2017
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Historic - Cumulative mobile numbers ported - 2003 - 2009
    • ROAMING
      • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
      • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
    • NETWORK SHARING
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • KPN
      • Table KPN mobile consumer retail and wholesale subscribers - 2006 - 2018
      • Table KPN mobile revenue - 2015 - 2018
      • Table KPN mobile revenue by quarter - 2015 - 2018
      • Table KPN mobile monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2018
    • VODAFONEZIGGO
      • Table Historic - Vodafone Netherlands financial data - 2007 - 2017
      • Table VodafoneZiggo mobile revenue - 2016 - 2018
      • Table VodafoneZiggo subscribers - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Vodafone Netherlands ARPU - 2004 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Vodafone Netherlands voice minutes - 2004 - 2016
    • T-MOBILE NETHERLANDS
      • Table T-Mobile Netherlands subscribers - 2006 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile Netherlands financial data - 2006 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile Netherlands mobile service revenue - 2007 - 2016
      • Table T-Mobile Netherlands blended ARPU - 2006 - 2016
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
      • Table MVNO subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 mobile revenue - 2012 - 2018
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-PAYMENTS
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • RELATED REPORTS

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