The Dutch made a lot more calls in the past year.

In 2020, we called 43 billion minutes with a mobile device, an increase of 42 percent compared to 2019. This is according to the Telecom Monitor (pdf) for the fourth quarter published by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) on Monday.

The sharp increase is probably due to the corona crisis, ACM reports.

In the years between 2016 and 2019, the number of mobile calling minutes was still around 30 billion.

Call minutes for fixed telephony also increased by 5.5 percent to 9.4 billion minutes.

In the previous five years, the number of call minutes for fixed telephony fell by an average of 14 percent.

The Dutch also used almost a trillion MB of mobile data for the first time last year, an increase of 25 percent compared to 2019. The number of text messages sent fell by 15 percent.

The number of mobile connections increased slightly last year.

With an increase of 133,000 connections, the total of mobile connections has come to 22.3 million.

A total of 3.67 million households are now equipped with fiber optics.