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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands

Sun, 08/31/2008 - 8:25pm

Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands

BELGIUM

• Population: 10.6 million*
• 10.2 million mobile subs**
• 4.7 million fixed lines in service***
• 4.1 million cable TV subs*
• 2.7 million broadband subs*
• 32,000 satellite TV subs***

Major operators:

• Belgacom – Largest telecom; offers IPTV, VOD, broadband, VoIP, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 1.2 million DSL subs*; 305,320 IPTV subs.*
• Mobistar – Offers Wi-Fi, VoIP, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 3.6 million mobile subs****; 556,000 fixed line subs.*
• Tele2 Belgium – Offers fixed line and broadband services; 200,000 fixed line subs**; 125,000 broadband subs.**
• Telenet – Largest cable TV operator; offers cable TV, VOD, broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 2.1 million cable TV subs*; 873,000 broadband subs*; 548,000 telephony subs*; 56,000 mobile subs.*

Trends:

• Has very concentrated DSL and cable markets, with most people receiving TV via cable.
• Cable ops have upgraded their networks to provide services including VoIP, VOD, and mobile.

GERMANY

• Population: 82.3 million
• 92.5 million mobile subs*
• 53.8 million fixed lines in service*
• 19.6 million broadband subs*
• 19.5 million cable TV subs*
• 17.2 million satellite TV subs*

Major operators:

• Arcor – Offers VOD, broadband and telephony services; 2.6 million broadband subs****; 1.3 million fixed line subs.*
• Deutsche Telekom (DT) – Offers VOD, broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 35.9 million mobile subs*; 36.6 million fixed line subs*; 12.5 million broadband subs.*
• Kabel BW – Offers triple-play services; 2.3 million cable TV subs****; 272,000 broadband subs.****
• Kabel Deutschland (KDG) – Largest cable operator; offers triple-play services and VOD; 10 million cable TV subs**; 145,900 broadband subs***; 121,200 telephony subs.***
• Mobilcom - freenet – Offers broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 5.7 million mobile subs*; 5.1 million telephony subs*; 1.3 million broadband subs.*
• O2 – Offers broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 12.5 million mobile subs*; 800,000 broadband subs.**
• Premiere – Offers satellite TV and VOD services; 4.2 million satellite TV subs.****
• Unitymedia – Offers triple-play services; 5.2 million cable TV subs****; 224,000 broadband subs****; 222,000 telephony subs.****

Trends:

• Has Europe’s largest cable TV and telecom markets.
• Analog switch-off is set for 2010.
• IPTV has been slow to develop, but several operators have invested heavily in network upgrades.

THE NETHERLANDS

• Population: 16.5 million
• 17.3 million mobile subs*
• 7.3 million fixed lines in service*
• 7.1 million cable TV subs*
• 5.6 million broadband subs**
• 2.2 million VoIP subs**
• 395,000 satellite TV subs*

Major operators:

• @Home – 1.8 million cable TV subs**; 1.2 million broadband subs**; 450,000 fixed lines in service.**
• Casema – Offers cable TV, VOD, broadband and telephony services; 1.3 million cable TV subs***; 400,000 broadband subs***; 136,000 telephony subs.***
• Essent Kabelcom – Offers cable TV, VOD, broadband and telephony services; 2 million cable TV subs***;600,000 broadband subs***; 100,000 telephony subs.***
• KPN – Largest telco; offers IPTV, iTV, broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 7.5 million mobile subs*; 2.4 million broadband subs****; 733,000 VoIP subs**; 497,000 IPTV subs.*
• UPC – Largest cable operator; offers cable TV, VOD, iTV, broadband and telephony services; 2.2 million cable TV subs**; 650,300 broadband subs****; 489,000 telephony subs.**
• Ziggo – Comprises Essent Kabelcom, Casema and Multikabel; has introduced DOCSIS 3.0 technology.

Trends:

• Marked by high broadband and cable TV penetration.

* As of December 2007 | ** As of September 2007 | *** As of December 2006 | **** As of March 2008
Source: BuddeComm

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