This article is intended to give an overview of telecommunications in the Netherlands.
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. The monopoly is planned to expire in 2009. PostNL's competitors include Selekt Mail and Sandd. Post offices that are owned by Postbank and TNT Post have been earmarked for closure between 2008 and 2013.
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)
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
Main article: Internet in the Netherlands