New figures for communication markets, second half of 2010

OPTA publishes new figures on the situation on the communication markets in its Structural Monitoring Markets 2010 Q3 and Q4.
Here is a brief summary:

Increasingly, consumers are opting for an all-in-one package. The number of triply play (RTV, fixed telephony and broadband) subscriptions rose sharply, from over 2.1 million in Q2 to 2.3 million in Q4.

In Q4, the market shares in the television landscape were still shared mainly between KPN, ZIGGO and UPC. Of the regional players, ZIGGO is still the biggest, with a market share of 40 to 45%. KPN has gained market share. The Herfindahl-Hirschman index (an indicator of the degree of competition on a market) continued its slight downward trend.*

Mobile telephony
On the mobile telephony market, the number of connections and turnover of mobile broadband Internet is still rising. While the volume of voice call terminations remains constant, turnover is falling sharply.
The market shares of the mobile providers are virtually unchanged compared with the previous quarter.

On the broadband market, the number of connections via cable and fibre optic cable is rising. The number of connections on copper networks is decreasing. The most frequently purchased broadband speed in Q4 was between 10 Mbps and 30 Mbps.

Fixed telephony
Calls made on a digital network using a fixed line outnumbered analogue calls using a fixed line in Q4 2010. On the whole, annual retail sales have declined from 1.26 billion in 2009 to 1.11 billion in 2010. The market shares of fixed providers differ little compared with the previous quarter.

Leased lines
Due to remaining questions regarding the figures submitted by market parties, the attachment regarding leased lines is removed on 19 May 2011.

* A high Herfindahl-Hirschman index can indicate potential problems in the competitive environment.