Telecommunication in the Netherlands

The development of telecommunications in the Netherlands is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +31, there were a total of 27.32 million connections in 2019. Among them were 21.76 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections the Netherlands is very well in the race. Around 93% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 43% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 13.70 million webhosts, the Netherlands is well above the world's average.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.


Spread of internet connections in the Netherlands 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in the Netherlands 1998 - 2019




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones in the Netherlands 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Netherlands
Total
Netherlands
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users7.46 m43.03 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines5.56 m32.08 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars21.76 m125.55 %547.36 m122.31 %