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KPN (in full Koninklijke KPN N.V., also Royal KPN N.V.) is a Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company. KPN started as a public telecommunications company and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Koninklijke KPN N.V.
Naamloze Vennootschap
Traded asEuronextKPN
Founded19th century (founded), 1989 (privatised)
HeadquartersRotterdam, Netherlands
Key people
Maximo Ibarra (CEO),
Duco Sickinghe (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Mobile Telephony
Digital Terrestrial Television
IT services
Revenue6.498 billion (2017)[1]
882 million (2017)[1]
483 million (2017)[1]
Total assets13.530 billion (2017)[1]
Total equity3.358 billion (2017)[1]
Number of employees
13,021 (FTE, Dec. 2017)[1]
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The company was formerly called Koninklijke PTT Nederland, and prior to that Staatsbedrijf der Posterijen, Telegrafie en Telefonie or PTT and was the publicly owned fixed-line operator of the Netherlands. KPN took on its present form on 1 January 1989 when the PTT was privatised. Before the spin-off of TPG, the company also controlled the national Dutch postal services. The Dutch government progressively privatized KPN beginning in 1994, reducing its stake to 6.4% in 2005, and finally completed the process in 2006, giving up its golden share veto rights.

In 2001 KPN tried to merge with the Belgian telco Belgacom.[2] It did not succeed because of the objections of the Belgian government.[citation needed] In 2001, Spanish Telefonica expressed an interest in buying KPN.[citation needed]

The Japanese mobile telephone company NTT DoCoMo holds a 2% stake in KPN Mobile NV. From 2002 until 2007 KPN Mobile provided i-mode services on its mobile phone networks. i-mode as introduced by KPN's E-Plus in Germany in March 2002 and by KPN Mobile The Netherlands in April 2002 was the first mobile Internet service in Europe (ahead of Vodafone's V-live).

KPN partly owned KPNQwest, a telecommunications company equally owned by KPN and the American Qwest Communications International. The company was set to bring together the state-of-the-art fibre-optic networks of the two partners and the Internet services expertise and customer base of EUnet International. The company collapsed in a bankruptcy in 2002.

KPN also has operational synergies through joint ventures with TDC and Swisscom.[clarification needed]

In 2007 KPN acquired Getronics N.V., a worldwide ICT services company with more than 22,000 employees, and almost doubled its former size. KPN is still divesting parts of Getronics that didn't meet their core interests. Recently they sold a Dutch department of Getronics named Business Application Services (BAS) to CapGemini for about €250,000,000.[citation needed]

In August 2013, América Móvil offered to take over the remaining 70% stake of the Dutch telecommunications company for 7.2 billion Euros ($9.49 billion). América Móvil currently owns close to 30% of KPN. The Dutch Government has issued a warning on this proposed takeover of KPN by Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim, as part of his ambition to expand his telecom empire.[3] The plans eventually ended when the "Stichting Preferente Aandelen B KPN" exercised a call option to gain ~50% of the total shares, in order to put up a temporary protection wall against the hostile takeover.


As of 2018, main share holders are:[4]

Stichting Preferente Aandelen B KPN is a foundation which "was established to promote the interests of KPN, KPN its related companies and all stakeholders, including influences the continuity, independence or identity of KPN in conflict with the interests and threaten to keep much as possible." The foundation exercised a call option to gain roughly 50% of the KPN shares in order to protect KPN against a hostile takeover. This stock was withdrawn on a special shareholder meeting held on 10 January 2014, as per the request of the foundation in November 2013.[5]


Former KPN Head Office in The Hague

In the Netherlands, KPN has 6.3 million fixed-line telephone customers. Its mobile division, KPN Mobile, has more than 33 million subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Spain under different brand names. Through its ownership of several European Internet service providers, KPN also provides Internet access to 2.1 million customers, and it offers business network services and data transport throughout Western Europe.

KPN operates a mobile services network for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. It also offers LTE-Advanced in limited locations on the 1800 MHz band, whereas the majority of KPN's 4G network operates in the 8/900 MHz bands, which will allow theoretic download speeds up to 200Mbit/sec. Along with the completion of the 4G network, KPN is upgrading the 2G and 3G networks and capacity, using Huawei Single-RAN technology.

In September 2019, KPN announced that Dominique Leroy will succeed Maximo Ibarra as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, with effect from December 1, 2019.[6]


Most of KPN's operations are in the Dutch telecommunication market.

In the 2000s and early 2010s, KPN had multiple subsidiaries in European countries such as Belgium, Germany and France. Most of these international operations were sold off in the 2010s.


In the Dutch telephone market, KPN is the owner of the fixed telephone operations (FLO) network and is the market leader in mobile network operator (MNO) under its own brand name and as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) under the brand names Simyo and Ortel Mobile. Defunct mobile subsidiaries include Hi and Telfort.

In the Internet market, KPN provides Internet service under the KPN and XS4ALL brand names. Defunct subsidiary providers include Telfort, Planet Internet, Het Net, Freeler, Speedlinq, HCCNet, Demon Netherlands.

In 2004, KPN also started offering digital terrestrial television in the Netherlands as part of its multi-play services via its subsidiary KPN Digitenne. Since 1 May 2006, KPN offers Interactive Television, an IPTV service based on their DSL service, with the ability to receive Video On Demand and replay your missed TV episodes besides regular TV programming.

KPN Retail is a Dutch subsidiary that owns retail stores branded KPN Winkel.


In Belgium, KPN formerly owned mobile provider Base. In 2015, it was sold to Telenet, a Belgian cable broadband service provider.

In 2007 KPN purchased the Belgian fixed telephone and broadband operations of the Tele2-Versatel joint venture. These were sold again in December 2009 to Mobistar (now Orange Belgium).

In 2009, KPN bought a 33.3% share in MVNO Mobile Vikings,[7] which was sold to Medialaan in 2015.


In Germany, KPN formerly owned mobile provider E-Plus, which was Germany's third largest mobile phone network. E-Plus was sold to Telefónica Germany in 2014.


In France, KPN was active as a mobile virtual network operator under the brand name Simyo, which was sold to Bouygues Télécom in 2011.


From 2009 until 2019, KPN owned the US-based iBasis. The company was sold to Tofane Global in 2019.[8]

In 2006, KPN acquired Belgian ICT services company Newtel Essence (call center solutions and customer relations management).[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Integrated Annual Report 2017" (PDF). KPN. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ Jeroen Wester; Michiel van Nieuwstadt (1 September 2001). "KPN na Belgacom in dode steeg" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad.
  3. ^ Dolia Estevez (13 September 2013). "Dutch Government Issues Warning On Takeover Of Telecom Firm KPN By Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim". Forbes.
  4. ^ "KPN KON Company Profile". Euronext. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  5. ^ "Stichting Preferente Aandelen B KPN".
  6. ^ "KPN to appoint Dominique Leroy as Chief Executive Officer". KPN Corporate EN. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  7. ^ "KPN and Concentra invest in Mobile Vikings". MobileWeb Blog - Mobile Internet & Apps - Business SMS. Archived from the original on 2012-07-01.
  8. ^ "KPN to sell iBasis to Tofane Global". KPN. 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "KPN neemt NewTel Essence over" [KPN acquires NewTel Essence] (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. 4 July 2006.

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