KPN steps into internet phone market

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch telecoms firm KPN will follow its competitors and start offering telephone services via the internet later this year.

25 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch telecoms firm KPN will follow its competitors and start offering telephone services via the internet later this year.

Consumers will be able to use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) with the KPN package InternetPlusBellen. This will allow unrestricted calls to landline telephone numbers in the Netherlands and ADSL internet access.

KPN said on Wednesday a subscription will cost EUR 34.95 per month and will be available in four speeds, Go, Lite, Basic and Extra. Consumers will retain their own telephone number and telephone.

Using the internet for telephone calls is a rapidly growing market and KPN competitors UPC, Versatel and Tiscali have been offering customers access to VoIP technology for some time.

KPN will start offering a VoIP subscription to XS4ALL, Planet Internet and Het Net customers later this year. All three companies are KPN subsidiaries.

The telecoms firm said it waited to offer VoIP subscriptions until it could provide a quality product. It said competitors have encountered technical difficulties setting up VoIP technology.

KPN expects everyone will eventually step over to internet telephone services, due in part to accompanying extras such as video calls and internet services.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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