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Netherlands: Communications

Communications Netherlands
Telephones - main lines in use:
9,132,400 (1999)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
4,081,891 (April 1999)
Telephone system:
general assessment: highly developed and well maintained
domestic: the existing system of multi-conductor cables is gradually being replaced by fiber-optic cables; the density of cellular telephone traffic is rapidly increasing and further modernization of the system is expected in 2001, with the introduction of the third generation of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
international: 5 submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean), 1 Eutelsat, and 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions) (1996)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 4, FM 58, shortwave 3 (1998)
Radios:
15.3 million (1996)
Television broadcast stations:
21 (plus 26 repeaters) (1995)
Televisions:
8.1 million (1997)
Internet country code:
.nl
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
52 (2000)
Internet users:
9.73 million (2002)

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Source: The CIA World Fact Book 2003

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