On Tuesday morning the Dutch competition watchdog ‘Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit’ (NMa) raided the head offices of KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile, the three biggest telecom operators in the Netherlands. They are suspected of illegal pricing agreements on mobile telephony and internet. Two statements from whistleblowers were the main reason for this raid. Although they wish to remain anonymous, it is clear that one of the whistleblowers is a former executive and the other a current executive for one of the operators. “In my function I have seen pricing agreements between KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile”, says the former executive. “There are only a [...]
In 1995 Philip Pullman published Northern lights, the first book of his trilogy His dark materials. The book told the story of people that keep an animal with them everywhere they go. Those animals were called “daimonions” and they must be everywhere and every time with them Nowadays, this has become rampant. Today people have something every time and everywhere with them, something to communicate and to never fell alone. However, this isn’t a “daimonion” or an animal and even if it isn’t a part of their body they can´t leave their house without taking it. This item name: Blackberry. [...]
How do radio and television work? That question is answered on a tour through the broadcasting center of RTV Drenthe, the public broadcaster for the Dutch province of Drenthe. These tours are regularly offered by the friends of the station. Before the tour starts, the visitor is given some general information about the broadcaster and the broadcast studio. After that introduction, the way leads into a production room, where, for example, telephone interviews are made. That form is very often used in the radio and the visitors can see how such a item is produced. The “heart” of the TV production [...]
Besides travelling by Bike or car, Dutch people also use the public transport system to get to work or school. If you want to use the public transport system in The Netherlands, in most cases you need the OV-chip card. What is it? Where is it being used? Which one should I get? How you should use it and what should I be aware of? This article tries to answer these questions. What is the OV-chip card & where can I get it? The OV-chip card is a smart card that is the size of a bankcard and it contains [...]
If Apple introduces something new, they usually do with their very own media event. Only a small delegation of the press is invited to hear what Apple has to announce. Sure thing these are the biggest media outlets, like Reuters and CNN. Last Tuesday Apple organized such an event to introduce their newest iPhone, the iPhone 4S: same design, new hardware. Many people got their hopes up for a totally new designed iPhone 5, but Apple didn’t deliver. How come these expectations are so high but people are disappointed afterwards?