The Dutch mobile market generated service revenues of EUR6.28 billion (USD8.72 billion) in 2010, down 0.5% from a year earlier, Telecompaper reports. Last year’s fall compares to annual growth of 0.9% in FY2009, although the paper says that whilst the economic downturn had an effect, the contraction was more the result of regulator-imposed price cuts in 2010. Mobile voice revenue declined sharply last year, while sales from non-voice services, which now account for more than 32% of total revenue, failed to offset the drop, it said. In Q4 2010 mobile service revenues decreased 0.9% quarter-on-quarter and were down 1.3% year-on-year.
The Dutch mobile market is forecast to return to growth in 2011 in terms of revenues, to more than EUR6.30 billion, while a CAGR of 1.6% is expected for the period 2010-2015. However, regulatory downward pressure on mobile terminations rates (MTRs) will moderate results in 2011 and 2012, offset by growth in data services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the country’s overall mobile base totalled 19.2 million users at the end of last year, an annual decline of 2.5%, with cellular penetration standing at 116.2%.