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Summary of broadband development in the Netherlands
The Netherlands' national broadband strategy, Digital agenda for the Netherlands, is in compliance with the targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The Netherlands is one of the top ranking member states in terms of NGA coverage. Almost 98% of urban and rural areas in the Netherlands have been covered with NGA network (min 30 Mbps) in 2015.
National broadband strategy and policy
- 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 broadband development in the country.
- The Authority for Consumers and Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt) oversees fair competition as well as consumer protection in the energy, telecommunication, transport and postal services sector.
Main aims for broadband development
The main goal for the Dutch government is that in 2020 the broadband networks fulfil the growing demand for high-speed internet access. 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 environment. The Digital Agenda for the Netherlands supports a technology neutral approach and sets the target of 100% coverage of 30 Mbps and 50% household penetration of 100 Mbps by 2020. The Dutch government also supports the EU broadband target for 2025 that all households should have the opportunity to access broadband networks of at least 100 Mbps.
Main measures for broadband development
- Generally, the Dutch broadband strategy opts for a market-based infrastructure roll-out. It also puts key emphasis on the role of local and regional actors in coordinating and simplifying the process. Most of the broadband infrastructure roll-out is done by private operators autonomously. Here, removing barriers and facilitating the exchange of information and best practices among stakeholders are the principal tasks of local governments to stimulate investment by operators.
- 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. The national government supports these authorities in this and is working on a framework for state-aid.
- Specifically, The Netherlands is currently working on an action plan for digital connectivity. In this plan, aspects like investments, local policy and spectrum policy will be described.
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 overview for details on harmonised spectrum assignments and consult the study on Spectrum assignments in the EU.
Publications and press documents
- Digital agenda for the Netherlands 2016
- Digital Agenda.nl 2011-2015
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Europe's Digital Progress Report 2017
- Study on retail broadband access prices (as of 2016)
- Fixed broadband prices per country (as of February 2015)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2016)