Netherlands Telecoms

Netherlands Telecom Market is a Connected Player market in Western Europe with 3 Netherlands Telecom Companies and 18.0 million mobile connections

Netherlands prices comparing to those in the EU: Prices for mobile broadband and telephony in the Netherlands show a different pattern compared to EU28 countries overall. Whereas handset-based offers are less expensive than on EU average, prices for data only offers are somewhat more expensive than on EU average.

Price Trends – Relative to 2017, averaging over the usage baskets hown, prices in the Netherlands fell noticeably. In contrast, for consumers requiring 5 GB data and no calls or SMS, prices rose somewhat (by 3%).

For 5 GB (data only) Sim card you will have to pay €20.63 (€16.02 is EU average).

Netherlands Telecom Companies

In common with other telecom markets in the region, the Dutch market is seeing a continuing decline in the fixed-line voice market as customers migrate to VoIP and mobile platforms for voice calls. In addition, the physical copper infrastructure is being replaced with fibre. KPN planned to stop marketing PSTN lines during 2020 and focus on IP connectivity. As part of this process, some customers in rural areas, where the cost of deploying fibre is prohibitive, are being served with hybrid DSL/LTE services while for a number of customers 5G will replace fixed-line connectivity for voice and data services in coming years.

Which Netherlands mobile operator you would recommend to others?

The country has one of the highest fixed broadband penetration rates in the world, with effective cross-platform competition between DSL and HFC networks further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. By early 2019 about 44% of fixed broadband connections provided data above 100Mb/s. Under regulatory measures main telcos KPN and VodafoneZiggo are obliged to offer wholesale access to competitors: VodafoneZiggo’s wholesale offer was published in March 2019.

Growth in the number of mobile subscribers in the Dutch market recovered in 2018 following a few years of stagnation. Operators are concentrating investment on 5G, while KPN is also closing 3G infrastructure with a view to refarming spectrum and other assets for LTE and 5G services.

eSIM cards for Netherlands

We do recommend eSIM cards when traveling: no more swapping of physical
SIM cards, everything is automated on your phone through easy to fill 
out codes. The downside of eSIM cards is that they are data-only SIM 
cards and calls are not supported. Check out Netherlands eSIM deals:

1 GB With no expiration =  €2.21
3 GB With no expiration =  €6.44
5 GB With no expiration =  €10.40
10 GB With no expiration = €19.89

Choose between daily, monthly or plans with no expiration


SIM cards for Netherlands

Prepaid Netherlands SIM cards include free data roaming in the EU. 
Sometimes it is capped, so always ask when buying a sim card. Free EU 
roaming means the sim card you buy in Madrid or Barcelona can also be 
used in Paris, Prague or even Oslo. Free EU roaming on Spain SIM cards 
is great for those that arrive in Spain and travel to more countries 
in Europe on the same trip.

Or you can get a daily, monthly or even SIM card for Netherlands without 


Netherlands Telecom Companies IN FIXED TELEPHONY:

Versatel (Tele2)

Scarlet (Belgacom)

Telfort (KPN)

Essent Kabelcom (Essent)

UPC Netherlands



Mobile Virtual Network Operators

Ortel Mobile (KPN) (via KPN)


Aldi Talk (Aldi) (via KPN)

Teleena (MVNE meaning MVNO enabler)

Simyo (KPN) (via KPN)

The Dutch telecom market has one of the most advanced broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition between DSL and HFC networks further stimulated by numerous fibre deployments. There is also strong competition in the mobile sector.

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