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


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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.


Main article: Telephone numbers in the Netherlands

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

Radio, television and internet

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

See also: Category:Radio in the Netherlands

Radios: 15.3 million (1996)

Television broadcast stations: 25

Televisions: 6.700.000 (2002, CBS)

Main article: Television in the Netherlands

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 33 (2007)

See also: Internet access worldwide § Netherlands

Country code (Top level domain): .nl

Broadband Internet access

Main article: Internet in the Netherlands

Countries, Federations and Special municipalities

See also

Sim-only (in Dutch)


  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" (25 March 2008)