The number of 4G smartphones among Dutch consumers has more than doubled in the past year, according to a study by Telecompaper and its Consumer Panel. 4G smartphone ownership jumped to 51 percent in September from 27 percent in August the year before. The use of 4G network has meanwhile tripled, to 33 percent in September from 12 percent in August 2014.
In the last two years, 4G smartphone ownership has tripled to 51 percent from 14 percent. In September 2013, 62 percent of Dutch consumers did not own a 4G smartphone; the figure has dropped to a third. In April of this year, 4G smartphones made up 60 percent of all smartphones on the Dutch market (GSMHelpdesk).
The use of 4G networks also grew strongly in the last two years. In September 2013, no Dutch operator had completed the rollout of their 4G networks. Since then, both KPN and Vodafone Netherlands now have a nationwide network. T-Mobile Netherlands hopes to complete deployment this year while Tele2 Netherlands is aiming for March completion. In September, 51 percent say they own a 4G smartphone, with 33 percent making use of a 4G network. This compared to 14 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
Intention to use 4G
Telecompaper also asked its Consumer Panel if they intended to become active on a 4G network. Around 8 percent of those not yet active on 4G say they expect to become so over the next six months. Another 14 percent expect to become active within 12 months while 15 percent say it will happen within two years. The figures translate into 37 percent not yet active on 4G networks, who hope to be within the coming 24 months.