Cable growth beats DSL in Holland

Dutch broadband (including FTTH) penetration per household increased to 82.2% at the end of Q3 2009, growing by 2.4 percentage points compared to the end of the third quarter a year earlier, according to research by Telecompaper.

The broadband market grew by 0.8%, or 38,300 net additions during the third quarter of 2009, to reach 5.996 million connections on September 30. DSL lost 12,700 customers (0.4%) during the quarter, to reach a total of 3.542 million on September 30, 2009. Cable broadband reported 1.5% growth to 2.294 million customers, and FTTH broadband saw its customer base grow by almost 12% to around 160,000.

Of all broadband ISPs, cable operator Ziggo reported the largest quarterly net additions with 18,000, followed by DSL provider Tele2 Netherlands with 15,000 and cable network operator UPC Netherlands with 14,500.

Ziggo is still the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with 1.418 million customers on September 30, followed by Internet van KPN with 1.161 million DSL customers and UPC with 707,900 customers at the end of Q3 2009.

UPC improved its lead over the number four player, KPN subsidiary and DSL provider Het Net, which lost 11,000 customers during the quarter to end on 670,000 DSL users.

Tele2 remains number five in the Dutch broadband ISP rankings, winning 15,000 net additions during the third quarter to end September 2009 with 390,500 DSL customers.