Country brief: Netherlands (NL)
EU member? Yes
OECD member? Yes
Regulatory authority:ACM (link)
Number of operators:4
Of which mobile-centric:1
Population:16,979,120
Mobile data penetration: 76.6%
Spectrum assigned: 540 MHz
700 MHz band assigned?
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Data volume 2015: 113,400 TB
Data volume per pop 2015: 0.56 GB/month/capita (top: Finland, 9.53)
Spectrum usage 2015: 12.4 MB/year/MHz/pop (top: Finland, 213.1)
Group
Operator
Mobile-centric?
Zero-rating video?
Zero-rating any app?
SIMs
GB for 30
(smartphones)
GB for 25
MBB
(data-only)
Total low and high frequency spectrum MHz
Data volume 2015 TB
Data volume 2Q2016 TB
MB/year/MHz per pop 2015
MB/year/MHz per pop 2Q 2016
KPNKPN-NL
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7,035,0006.00
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170.0047,50016.46
VodafoneVodafone-NL
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5,031,0005.00
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140.0031,12713.09
DeutscheTelekomT-Mobile-NL
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3,671,0006.00
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170.0031,18510.80
Tele2Tele2-NL
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932,0008.00
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60.005,6705.57
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Source: DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet, 2H2016. The spreadsheet includes 1,775 4G LTE smartphone (with at least 1,000 minutes and SMSs) and data-only tariffs. Tariffs may have tethering or mobility restrictions. The DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet allows the analysis of any gigabyte or price baskets. It includes median fully allocated and weighted average incremental gigabyte prices per country and per operator as well all zero-rated or differential priced applications per country and per operator. The spreadsheet includes historic annually reported mobile data volume per country dating back to 2007 (where available) and quarterly reported mobile data volume per operator dating back to 1Q2013 (where available). The spreadsheet includes the total amount of assigned spectrum per country and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic spectrum usage figures starting from 2H2016. It includes the spectrum holdings per operator and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic usage figures starting from 2H2016.
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Insights, reports and external articles citing DFMonitor about Netherlands
Four year comparative study of unit prices in 4-MNO and in the 4 to 3 consolidated German & Austrian markets
2017
pricing
merger
Germany
Austria
Italy
Denmark
United Kingdom
France
Poland
Sweden
Netherlands
Hutchison
Telefonica
Iliad
Play
Tele2
Vimpelcom

January 2017
The gap between gigabyte prices in the 4 to 3 consolidated Austrian & German markets and prices in 4-MNO markets where no consolidation has taken place had substantially increased by September 2016

In the Netherlands, where zero-rating is banned, KPN just doubled (free of charge) the mobile internet volume caps to encourage a carefree usage of its online videos
2015
Netherlands
zero-rating
KPN

February 2015
This is the first empirical evidence of the pro-competitive benefits of real net neutrality rules that ban price discrimination (zero-rating) it leads to lower internet usage prices and higher volume caps!

The Dutch regulator has fined Vodafone for violating national net neutrality law by zero-rating HBO mobile video streaming
2015
Netherlands
zero-rating
Vodafone

January 2015
On the 27th January 2015 ACM, The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has fined Vodafone for violating the Dutch net neutrality law.

Net neutrality is about the price of open internet access, more and more EU governments realize
2014
zero-rating
Netherlands
Poland
Slovenia
Hungary
Greece
Slovakia
Luxembourg
Austria
Bulgaria
Irelands
Estonia

December 2014
On the 27th November 2014, last Thursday, on the European Council the representatives of the 28 EU Member States discussed, among other topics, the proposed Europe-wide regulation of net neutrality. The Dutch representative stressed that the regulation should explicitly ban vertical price discrimination of specific internet services, content and applications. Slovenia, Hungary and several other Member States have endorsed the Dutch proposal and asked for the explicit ban of price discrimination in the context of the net neutrality regulation.

Analysis: Dutch mobile market faces French-style price war
2012
Netherlands
Tele2
KPN
spectrum

[External article, Reuters]
September 2012
The Netherlands could be heading for a mobile phone price war similar to the one that has ravaged industry profits in France, with an auction of wireless licenses next month likely to ramp up competition to market leader KPN (KPN.AS) and its rivals. Quoting Rewheel.



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