Dutch smartphone data usage doubled and rises to over – 2GB per month

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The average data usage per mobile connection has risen from almost 1 gigabyte per month in 2017 to more than 2 gigabytes in the first half of 2018. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has noted this in the Telecommunicator. In total, almost 250 billion MB of mobile data was used in the first half of 2018.

Just to remind: Finland and Taiwan are still holding the number one and two positions in the world when it comes to mobile data usage. The average Finnish SIM card carried 12.3 GB of data per month in 2017. 56% of the Finnish SIMs had unlimited data volume in December 2017.


Maintain competition in fixed telecom networks

The two telecom providers with their own fixed network, KPN and VodafoneZiggo, still have by far the largest number of customers. Alternative providers without a fully owned network, such as T-Mobile and Tele2, maintain a relatively constant market share for fixed connections. In addition to KPN and VodafoneZiggo, alternative providers continue to be active in the broadband market, the ACM is of great importance. 


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Henk Don, board member ACM: ‘The ACM has determined that KPN and VodafoneZiggo should both open up their fixed network to other providers. In this way, providers without their own network can still offer their services to consumers and businesses. This means there is sufficient competition on the consumer market with more supply and good rates. ‘


More and more bundling of fixed and mobile services

More and more consumers are using bundles that combine a mobile subscription with a fixed subscription. Providers offer various extras to tempt consumers to purchase these bundles. The number of bundles that only consist of the traditional fixed services internet, fixed telephony and / or television decreases.


Transition from analogue to digital

With these fixed services a transition from analogue to digital can be observed. For example, the number of analogue telephony connections, such as PSTN and ISDN, continues to decrease. Internet voice (Voice over Broadband) was used just about as often in the first half of 2018 as in the previous year. The number of analog connections also continues to decline in television, where the number of digital connections shows a slight increase.

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