Study sees Dutch broadband users at 6 mln in 2009

AMSTERDAM, June 2 (Reuters) - The Dutch broadband market is expected to grow by about 2 percent per quarter this year to top 6 million connections in 2009, market research firm Telecompaper said on Monday.

The market grew by 2 percent or 107,000 new connections in the first quarter of 2008, accelerating from a 1.7 percent increase in the previous quarter, to total 5.55 million at end-March, Telecompaper said in a statement.

“Growth was driven by the introduction of two new brands in the last quarter which were aggressive in their marketing and driving other companies to do the same,” said Telecompaper analyst Kamiel Albrecht.

The Netherlands, with 16.4 million people and 77.1 percent of households connected, has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the world.

Newly set-up internet service provider Ziggo, formed from three companies, led with 1.24 million broadband users, followed by dominant telecoms group KPN's KPN.AS brand Het Net with 659,000 customers. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Quentin Bryar)