For the first time since cable broadband was introduced in the Netherlands, the number of connections saw a quarterly slide during Q2 of 2015, according to research from Telecompaper.
The broadband market ended June 2015 with a total 7.026 million mass market connections, growing by 0.3 per cent during the quarter. Broadband via cable connections fell by 0.3 per cent over the same period, leading to a drop in cable’s market share to just over 46 per cent.
Growth was driven by fibre connections, which increased by almost 5.5 per cent during the second quarter to more than 12 per cent of the market. DSL continued its downward path, with a loss of 0.4 per cent during the quarter to end with almost 41.5 per cent of connections.
Ziggo, the largest cable operator, reported a net loss of about 11,000 broadband customers during the second quarter to end June 2015 with 46.3 per cent of the broadband market, down by 0.3 percentage points. Despite the loss in market share in the most recent quarter, Ziggo is still the largest broadband provider.