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Telecommunications in the Netherlands

Communications in the Netherlands.

Mail

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[2] and Sandd.[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.

Telephone

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 codes

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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 codes

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 internet

Radio broadcast stations: AM 4, FM 58, shortwave 3 (1998) see Category:Dutch radio

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 access

References

  1. ^ a b NOSJOURNAAL - Reorganisatie bij postbedrijf
  2. ^ Selekt Mail is a DHL Global Mail company.
  3. ^ "Royal TNT Post to seek cuts as its Dutch monopoly ends" The New York Times (3 April 2007)
  4. ^ http://www.parool.nl/nieuws/2008/MRT/05/p1.html
  5. ^ "Postkantoren dicht uit protest tegen sluiting" Elsevier.nl (25 March 2008)

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