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Country information - Netherlands

The Dutch government supports the goals of the DAE, which implies that all households should have the opportunity to access broadband networks of at least 30 Mbps by 2020.

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Summary of broadband development in the Netherlands

The Netherland’s national broadband strategy is in compliance with the targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) on broadband coverage. The DAE target for NGA coverage with 100 Mbps for an uptake of 50% of the European households until 2020 had already exceeded in the Netherlands in 2013 by covering of 95% of the Dutch households with 100 Mbps.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

  • In the Netherlands, several public authorities including local municipalities, regional provinces and on a national level, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Ministerie van Economische Zaken) are responsible for the field of broadband development in the country.
  • The Authority for Consumers and Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt) oversees the energy, telecommunication, transport and postal services industries and free enterprise and consumer protection law.
  • The thirty two biggest municipalities (cities) of the Netherlands are organised in the special network organisation "StedenLink" that promotes the optimum usage of ICT along with the local and regional interests and needs. Most of the broadband infrastructure roll-out is done by private operators autonomously.

Main aims for broadband development

The main goal for the Dutch government is that in 2020 the broadband networks will meet the growing demand for high-speed internet access. The Digital Agenda for the Netherlands supports a technology-neutral approach. The national government's activities aim at clearing away unnecessary constraints and costs, providing a positive climate for broadband investments and stimulating a healthy competition. The long term aim for NGA coverage is 100 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload for 100% of households until 2020, and goes beyond stating that by 2020, networks will match the demand from users and suppliers of services.

Main measures for broadband development

  • State aid measures: Although there are no state aid measures foreseen on a national level, a number of regional authorities are investigating the possibilities of state aid measures.
  • Other: Stimulating investments by operators by removing barriers and facilitating the exchange of information and best practices between stakeholders and local initiatives.

National and Regional broadband financial instruments

  • State Aid (General Activities): There is currently no national state aid programme under implementation.
  • State Aid (Special Activities – ERDF and EAFRD): not under the current national framework.

Data on broadband development and technologies in the Netherlands

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI). 

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

Check the table (xls) for details on spectrum assignments (frequencies) for wireless broadband (WBB).

National publications and press documents



Contact information

Ministry of Economic Affairs (Ministerie van Economische Zaken)

Address: Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, 2594 AC The Hague, Netherlands
Contact via email
Phone: +31 77 465 67 67

Authority for Consumers & Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt)

Address: Muzenstraat 41, 2511 WB Den Haag, Netherlands
Contact via email
Phone: +31 70 7222 000


Address: Leeuwenbrug 85, 4e verdieping, Deventer, Netherlands
Contact via email
Phone: +31 570 69 36 36

Last updated on 16/01/2017 - 16:40