Communications in the Netherlands


Communications in the Netherlands

Communications in the Netherlands.

Contents

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

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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