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August 28, 2008

Dutch Broadband Market Growth Slows to a Crawl

By Bob Emmerson, TMC European Editor

The Dutch broadband market grew by only 1.1 percent during 2Q, almost 50 percent less than during the first quarter, when the market grew by 2 percent. 
The stats come from Telecompaper’s quarterly update on the Dutch consumer broadband market. During the quarter, Dutch ISPs attracted 63,300 new broadband customers to reach a total 5.61 million on 30 June 2008. This represents the lowest quarterly net additions since Telecompaper started reporting on the Dutch broadband market in 2003. Year-on-year, the market grew by 6.6 percent with 345,000 net additions.
Broadband (cable & ADSL) penetration per household increased to 77.9 percent at the end of the second quarter, growing by 4.4 percent percentage points compared with the end of Q2 2007. Penetration per 100 inhabitants increased to 34.2 percent percent on 30 June 2008, compared with 32.2 percent on 30 June 2007. When FTTH connections and residential mobile broadband users are included, the broadband penetration per household reached 79.9 percent at end of Q2 2008.
“Growth on the broadband market is expected to pick up during the last two quarters of the year and reach an annual growth of around 7 percent”, according to Telecompaper analyst Kamiel Albrecht. “We forecast that the milestone of 6 million broadband connections will be reached during the first half of 2009.”

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Bob Emmerson is TMC's (News - Alert) European Editor. To stay abreast of the latest news affecting the European market, check out Bob's columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke