Number of mobile connections for devices increases to 8.8 million

A large proportion of new mobile connections are nowadays accounted for by so-called machine-to-machine applications (M2M). For mobile phones, the number of new connections rose by 300,000 to 22.9 million.

The number of mobile connections for devices rose to more than 8.8 million in the third quarter. These are connections for, for example, smoke detectors, alarm systems, cars and smart energy meters, which exchange data with digital management systems via mobile internet. It’s in the latest Telecommonitor of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM).

More and more people are calling and chatting via an app, the number of minutes called by mobile has decreased by 5 percent to 11.6 billion, and the number of text messages by 2 percent to 546 million. Meanwhile, mobile data usage continues to rise quarterly, reaching 12 percent in the third quarter to 346 million gigabytes.

The market shares of the providers of mobile telephony with their own network have remained unchanged for eight consecutive quarters: KPN and T-Mobile both have a market share of 25 to 30 percent. This is followed by VodafoneZiggo with a market share between 20 and 25 percent. Mobile providers without their own network have a combined market share of between 10 and 15 percent.

In the meantime, the decline in calling via a fixed line continues. Landline calls were made for 1.8 billion minutes in the third quarter. That’s 30 percent lower than the peak of 2.54 billion minutes in the second quarter of last year. Then a long period of decline was interrupted for two quarters in a row by an increase, around the introduction of the first corona measures.


Source: Mobile – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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