Telecommunications in the Netherlands

This article is intended to give an overview of telecommunications in the Netherlands.

MailEdit

The postal service in the Netherlands is performed by PostNL in most cases—which has, as of 2008, a monopoly on letters lighter than 50 g.[1] The monopoly is planned to expire in 2009.[1] PostNL's competitors include Selekt Mail and Sandd.[2][3] Post offices that are owned by Postbank and TNT Post have been earmarked for closure between 2008 and 2013.[4][5]

Postal codes in the Netherlands are formed of four digits then two letters (in capitals), separated by a space—1234 AB, for example.

TelephoneEdit

Telephones - main lines in use: 8.000.000 (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular subscribers: 17.200.000 (2007)

Telephone system: general assessment: highly developed and well maintained

domestic: extensive fixed-line fiber-optic network; cellular telephone system is one of the largest in Europe with three major network operators utilizing the third generation of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).

international: 9 submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean), 1 Eutelsat, and 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions) (2004)

Area codesEdit

 
Orange: Codes starting with 01
Blue: Codes starting with 02
Yellow: Codes starting with 03
Green: Codes starting with 04
Red: Codes starting with 05
Purple: Codes starting with 07

Non-geographical codesEdit

Starting with

  • 06 - Mobile/Cell phones
  • 066 - Pager numbers
  • 0676 - Internet service provider dial-up line
  • 0800 - Free service numbers
  • 084 - Non-geographical personal numbers
  • 085 - VoIP numbers
  • 087 - Non-geographical personal numbers (also for VoIP use)
  • 088 - Large companies with more than one address
  • 0900 - Paid information numbers
  • 0906 - Adult lines
  • 0909 - Entertainment
  • 091 - VoIP numbers (not yet in use)

Radio, television and internetEdit

Radio broadcast stations: AM 4, FM 58, shortwave 3 (1998)

Radios: 15.3 million (1996)

Television broadcast stations: 25

Televisions: 6.700.000 (2002, CBS)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 33 (2007)

Country code (Top level domain): .nl

Broadband Internet accessEdit

Countries, Federations and Special municipalitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

Sim-only (in Dutch)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b NOSJOURNAAL – Reorganisatie bij postbedrijf Archived 20 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ News, B. B. C. "Netherlands country profile". BBC News. {{cite news}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ "Royal TNT Post to seek cuts as its Dutch monopoly ends" The New York Times (3 April 2007)
  4. ^ Iass, Kima (9 January 2010). "Sim Only Vergelijken? Goedkope sim only abonnementen en aanbiedingen". Sim only abonnement aanbiedingen (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Postkantoren dicht uit protest tegen sluiting" Elsevier.nl (25 March 2008)

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