The mobile telephony market contracted further last year. Telecom companies compete vigorously with each other, so that prices for their services remain under pressure. Partly as a result of this, total revenue from mobile services fell by 3.8 percent to just under 3.9 billion euros, research agency Telecompaper reports.

In addition to more intense competition, telecom providers also had to contend with unfavorable regulations. For example, they were no longer allowed to include income from devices in the mobile turnover and the rules for roaming changed. In addition, revenues decreased from customers who exceeded their bundle.

With a market share of 40 percent, KPN was still the largest provider of mobile telephony, but it did give ground to T-Mobile and Tele2. These telecom companies are merging their Dutch activities, which, with a combined turnover of 1.1 billion euros, account for more than 29 percent of the market. They are approaching Vodafone, which has a market share of 30.6 percent.

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