About 4.1 million of the 8 million households in the Netherlands have a fiber optic connection, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) writes in the Telecom Monitor.

Of these, 1.8 million actually have a subscription for broadband internet via fiber.

In the second quarter of this year, 220,000 fiber connections were added.

That is twenty thousand more than in the first quarter, ACM reports.

High internet speeds (up to 1 Gbps) can be achieved with fiber optics.

In recent years, the number of households connected to the fiber optic network has increased rapidly.

In 2019, 180,000 Dutch households were connected to the network, last year there were 500,000.

The number of households with an internet subscription via cable remains stable at 3.5 million.

The market shares of broadband internet providers also remained the same in the second quarter: KPN and VodafoneZiggo remain the largest with market shares of 35 and 45 percent.

T-Mobile's market share is between 5 and 10 percent.

The Dutch started calling slightly less in the second quarter compared to the three months before.

The number of calling minutes fell by 7 percent to 12.2 billion.

In recent quarters, the number has fluctuated between ten and thirteen million minutes.

Mobile data usage grew to 309 million gigabytes.

That was 270 million gigabytes in the first quarter.

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