The Netherlands has continued to show growth in the mobile sector despite the country's high penetration rate. In common with other advanced European markets, the 3G sector is the main driver for subscriber growth, though there remains little consumer enthusiasm for the take-up of high-end data services.
KPN launched Europe's first national mobile TV network in 2008, capitalising on its recent network upgrades. Following the acquisition of Orange by T-Mobile in late 2007 there are only three network operators in the market. All provide wholesale services to MVNOs and resellers, and having reached 90% population coverage on their 3G networks they have focussed on HSPA and LTE infrastructure as a basis for developing mobile data services.
This report provides statistics and analyses on the Dutch mobile market, including a review of the key operators and regulatory issues. It also assesses emerging mobile data services such as mobile TV, and provides ARPU and 3G forecasts to 2015.
Vodafone and KPN extend reach of commercial LTE services; MNOs join with banks to launch m-payments system; KPN sells German unit E-Plus; UPC launches mobile data services; KPN sells more of its mobile tower portfolio; decline in SMS as consumers switch to online messaging services; Ziggo becomes mobile services player; calls via mobile phones supersede fixed line calls for the first time; KPN ends its mobile TV service to reuse spectrum for Digitenne DTT platform; M2M numbers allocated; T-Mobile Netherlands deploys HSPA+ offering 21Mb/s; regulator planning late-2012 multi-spectrum auction; regulator market data for Q1 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to August 2013.