Public telephones in Netherlands reduced

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Dutch telecom KPN has been allowed to reduce the number of public telephones as most people have a mobile phone now.

7 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch telecom KPN has be allowed to reduce the number of public telephones.

Up until now Dutch law has stipulated that there should be one telephone for every 5,000 residents.

However, Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Frank Heemskerk says telephone cells are mostly redundant now that nearly everyone has a mobile phone.

Only crowded locations, such as train stations, will keep their public telephones.

KPN will consult with municipalities about where they want to keep public telephones, for example in towns with large numbers of elderly people.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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