The published results for the Netherlands for end-2011 suggested that all households were covered by VDSL services. Since this report was published, we have received new data which shows that the VDSL network is not as extensive as first thought.
However this only causes a small shift in the overall NGA coverage. The Netherlands still had one of the most advanced NGA networks in the EU, second only after Malta, and nearly all households could access standard fixed broadband services.
It is estimated that 60% of households in the Netherlands were able to receive high-speed services through VDSL connections by the end of 2012. Only Luxembourg and Malta had more extensive networks at the same period. However, over 97% of Dutch households were able to access NGA services through the cable network. As a result, the Netherlands was one of the most advanced countries in the European Union for high-speed broadband access.
Comparatively the FTTP network in the Netherlands is less advanced. Coverage grew by 5 percentage points in 2012, but this is much more modest than the 13p.p. growth of the VDSL network. Even so, the Netherlands is recognised as the home of some world-leading fibre-city projects. Over 80% of households in the region of Zuidwest-Overijssel could access FTTP services in 2012.
At the end of 2012 the Netherlands had not yet launched LTE services. This is the only area in which the country falls behind the rest of the European Union.
Twenty-six of the fourty regions in the Netherlands had complete NGA coverage, with all regions enjoying higher than 85% coverage.
Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at [email protected] or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.