Cable, FTTH drive growth in Dutch broadband market

Buoyed by ongoing growth of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and cable DOCSIS-based services, the Dutch broadband market grew 0.9 percent in Q4 2010, bringing total connections to 6.26 million as of the end of December 2010.

According to Telecompaper's quarterly Dutch broadband market update, the country's service providers added about 57,800 net subscribers--about 8,000 more subscribers than they added in Q3 2010.

FTTH and cable's DOCSIS-based broadband made up the lion's share of broadband connections in Q4, growing to about 229,000 and 2.571 million connections, respectively. KPN's (NYSE: KPN) Fiber to the Curb (FTTC)-based VDSL service, meanwhile, grew to 27,000 customers, making up 0.4 of the Dutch broadband market.

Of course, there were losses in the quarter as well. As seen in the U.S. and other markets, traditional ADSL connections declined by 0.7 percent or by about 26,000, to 3.428 million subscribers as of the end of December 2010.

Looking forward at 2011, Telecompaper forecasts the Dutch broadband market to grow between 2.5 and 3 percent to around 6.4 million broadband connections.

For more:
- Telecompaper has this article

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