Dutch broadband subs to reach landmark 6 million in 2009

The Dutch broadband market grew by 1% during the first quarter of 2009, in line with market analyst Telecompaper’s expectation of 4% growth for the full year. During the first quarter almost 60,000 net additions were recorded, leading to 5.79 million connections on 31 March 2009.

The broadband (cable & ADSL) penetration per household increased to 79.8% at the end of Q1 2009, and the penetration per 100 inhabitants increased to 35.1% at the end of 2009. When including the FTTH connections, the broadband penetration per household reached 81.4%, and the penetration per 100 inhabitants amounted to 35.8%.

“Quarterly growth on the Dutch broadband market is coming to a standstill,” according to Telecompaper analyst and report author Kamiel Albrecht. “Still, we expect that the milestone of 6 million broadband connections will be reached during 2009.”

Of all broadband ISPs, Tele2 reported the largest quarterly net additions with 14,000, while UPC with 6,600 and Internet van KPN and Telfort, both with 5,000, showed less growth.

Ziggo remains the largest broadband ISP with 1.385 million broadband customers on 31 March 2009, followed by Internet van KPN with 1.134 million DSL customers and UPC with 689,100 customers at the end of March. UPC increased its lead over number four Het Net, which won 4,000 customers during the quarter to end with 684,000 DSL users. Tele2 remains number five in the Dutch broadband ISP rankings, with 362,500 DSL customers on 31 March 2009.