Fibre broadband grew 5.8 percent during the quarter to end September 2015 with almost 13 percent of the total market. Cable broadband grew almost 1 percent during the quarter to end it with 3.28 million connections, staying the largest broadband technology in the Netherlands. The growth of both technologies was enough to off-set the continued decrease in DSL broadband by 0.4 percent during the quarter to 2.9 million lines. This means that DSL’s share of the total broadband market in the Netherlands drops below 41 percent.
Ziggo, the largest cable operator in the Netherlands, returned to growth during the third quarter, adding 29,000 customers, but KPN (including Telfort, XS4ALL and the Edutel brands) still had more net additions with 31,000. At the end of the quarter, Ziggo remains the largest broadband provider with 43.6 percent while KPN gained 0.1 percentage points to reach 40.5 percent of the broadband market, the same level as at the end of 2013.
Despite the increasingly saturated market, the broadband market is expected to grow by 2.6 percent in 2015, which will slow down to around 2 percent in 2016. Cable, fibre are expected to continue to grow, offsetting the steady decrease in DSL users. For the period 2015-2019, Telecompaper expects a CAGR of 1.9 percent per year in the number of broadband connections.