Minister tackles high cost of Dutch text messages

11th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Foreign trade minister is seeking telecommunication companies to lower the rates of text-messaging between European states.

11 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade, Frank Heemskerk, has called on telecommunications companies to lower the rates of text-messaging between European states.

In Tuesday's parliament, he referred to the findings of telecom watchdog, Opta, which reveal that the average price of sending an international SMS in Europe is 35 cents, compared to a steep 51 cents in the Netherlands.

A senior representative from the Ministry of Economic Affairs convened a meeting with the management of telecom companies on Tuesday. The message is that unless they lower the rates themselves, the government will impose more drastic measures.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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