The total number of fixed telephony connections in the Netherlands climbed by a net 47,000 lines in the second quarter of this year, to 6.08 million, according to Telecompaper. The strong upward surge is being driven by consumer voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) subscriptions, which increased by 2.5% to 4.56 million, negating a 4.9% decline in PSTN/ISDN lines to 1.23 million. The principal beneficiaries in the VoIP segment are the nation’s cablecos, which registered net growth of 2.2% in the quarter to 2.41 million. DSL-based internet telephony connections edged up by 0.4% to 1.85 million, with the remaining VoIP users attributed to fibre-optic (FTTH/B) customers.
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