Thought the cost of living in the Netherlands was expensive enough already? Well, Belgian researchers just confirmed that it might get even more expensive.
Yup, that’s right. A recent report from the Consumer’s Association and the Belgian ‘Test Aankoop’ reveals that internet prices in the Netherlands are higher than in other European countries — and they’re continuing to rise.
Only Belgium is more expensive
The report compared the price of internet-only subscriptions in eight European countries. It focused on subscriptions offering at least 100 Mbps and with a duration of at least two years.
The results showed that consumers in the Netherlands pay an average of €41 per month for their internet. While that’s *a lot* it’s at least not as expensive as in Belgium — where people pay €48 on average.
Those prices are especially high when you compare them to other countries in Europe. The French pay an average of €27 per month and the Spaniards cash out with the lowest priced internet in Europe: €25 euros per month.
The lowdown on Dutch internet prices
As part of the report, the researchers compared the prices of internet-only subscriptions for 20 Dutch internet providers. Their calculations took discounts as well as one-off and fixed costs into account, including them in their overall price calculations.
So what provider is most budget-friendly and which of them go hard on your wallet?
The report shows the cheapest provider is Budget All-in-1 which offers internet for €29 per month. The most expensive are XS4All and Solcon who charge €47.65 and €46.75 respectively. KPN covers the middle ground with internet for €45.40 per month.
Too little competition
In the report, the director of the Consumer’s Association, Sandra Molenaar, claims that internet prices in the Netherlands are not likely to decrease.
On the contrary, she fears a lack of competition will allow internet providers to increase the prices in the future: “KPN and Ziggo largely control the network, so they pretty much control the market. There is far too little competition. And that’s bad for consumers” — hey, that’s us!
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