More mobile phones than Dutch residents
31 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — At the end of March, mobile phones outnumbered the entire Dutch population.
31 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — At the end of March, mobile phones outnumbered the entire Dutch population.
Mobile phone companies counted 16.4 million customers, 0.4 percent more than the number of Dutch residents.
However, the growth in customers is declining and mobile phone companies are less prepared to attract new pre-paid customers with cheap offers.
Research bureau Telecompaper also said on Tuesday the increase in turnover in the mobile phone market will flatten out.
The industry generated EUR 5.7 billion in income last year, 6 percent more than in 2003.
The largest company is still Dutch telecoms firm KPN, which has a 38.4 percent share of the market. It has recovered ground recently, primarily at the expense of T-Mobile.
KPN's market share dropped to 37.3 percent in June 2004, its lowest level yet.
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Subject: Dutch news