A disruption at telecom provider Tele2 over the weekend turned off hundreds of ankle monitors. The disruption started late on Friday morning. By Sunday morning, all ankle monitors were again connected with the control room, the Ministry of Justice and Security said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Telecom provider T-Mobile Nederland is taking over the Dutch branch of competitor Tele2. T-Mobile is paying 190 million euros for this acquisition, the companies announced in a press release. The two telecom providers will continue under the banner of T-Mobile, NU.nl reports.
Only the Dutch branch of Tele2 is being sold. The Swedish parent company of Tele2 Nederland will possess a quarter of the new joint venture's share, T-Mobile takes the rest.
Dutch telecom companies KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Vodafone all have world-class mobile networks, according to German bureau P3 in its annual network test. P3 called the results of the Dutch networks "impressive", AD reports.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands is sending a series of questions to the European Court of Justice to decide if by sharing torrent files, The Pirate Bay is violating Europe's copyright directive. The questions concern a court case brought by copyright protection organization Brein against internet service providers Ziggo and XS4ALL.
Tele2 is officially launching its 4G network. The network will be available to everyone from Thursday. The provider has several packages on offer, ranging from 1 GB to 24 GB, twice as large as the Netherlands' current largest available data bundle. All data bundles are available at "unusually low prices", according to the Tele2 press release.
Damage to a KPN fiber optic cable in Utrecht caused internet, television and landline phone service outages on Friday for a wide swath of customers using the Dutch company’s extensive network. The issue hit KPN and its subsidiary, Telfort, as well as Tele2, reported broadcaster NOS.
Minister Ronald Plasterk plans to push ahead with the new law that will give the Dutch secret services more capacity for data mining and internet and phone tapping, despite criticism and complaints from privacy activists, human rights organizations and telecom companies.
The WiFi passwords on the most common routers in the Netherlands are very easy to hack. The default passwords set by the router manufacturers or internet service providers are a variation of the network address or serial number.
Tele2 customers with smartphones that can handle 4G connections, will be transferred onto the faster network within 3 months, spokesperson Jan-Willem Gussinklo confirmed to NU.
Following Ziggo and XS4ALL, now KPN will also remove the block on The Pirate Bay website, announced KPN, Friday.
The Hague court order to unblock The Pirate Bay torrent site will not apply to KPN, UPC and Tele2.
A Judge in The Hague had ruled that ISP's in the Netherlands should unblock The Pirate Bay.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: singer Trijntje Oosterhuis underestimates the power of social media, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers in The Netherlands, Hungarian pimps arrested for human trafficking, diplomats assault a reporter, 'Holland's got Talent' and 'RTL Late Night' in the spotlight for racism, an Euro Atlantic Airways aircraft continues to it destination despite potentially dangerous problems, and Joran van der Sloot demanding a new trial.