Drop SMS traffic leads to lower turnover Dutch providers

Jun

5

2014

The turnover of the mobile market has declined by about 9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter a year ago. Reason for the decline could include the weak economic environment and a sharp decline in sales of its SMS.

Total revenues in the first quarter of 2014 amounted to 1.25 billion euros, compared to 1.37 billion euros in the first quarter of 2013 writes Telecompaper. The figures collected by research Telecompaper. The companies surveyed include KPN, Vodafone, T-Mobile and some virtual providers using the network of these three providers. The decline in sales has been some time now: last year, the decrease was always between 6.5 and 9 percent.

In addition to the weak economic environment and a sharp decline in sales of sms, would also be a cause for stricter regulations, the sales decline: thus were wholesale and roaming rates down in recent years. Telecompaper does not mention the rise of sim-only subscriptions as a cause. Because sim-only programs are always cheaper, which presumably also provide for lower sales. However, the turnover of companies raised voice services that are not related, such as mobile Internet, and allows increased by nearly 45 percent, almost half of the turnover.

KPN is still the largest operator; were 48 percent of all SIM cards KPN end of March. Major reason for this would be the growing number of prepaid customers with virtual providers using the KPN network. Vodafone and T-Mobile owned 27 percent and 25 percent of the total number of customers, respectively. The share in number of customers exclusive virtual operators and M2M SIM cards fell for KPN in the first quarter of 2014 to 41 percent. The market share exclusive virtual operators and M2M SIM cards rose to 32 percent for Vodafone and T-Mobile to 27 percent.

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