Major telephone outage in Netherlands leaves emergency number unreachable

Dutch telephone outage takes out nation's emergency number

The Netherlands was struck by a major telecommunications outage on Monday, taking down the emergency services number.

The inquiry will try to determine "how this disruption could have occurred at KPN and why the backup facilities did not function properly", Grapperhaus wrote in a letter to parliament.

Authorities additionally suggested contributors to trip on to hospitals or to police or fire stations for any emergencies.

The cause of the outage was not immediately clear.

"We're appealing to everybody who wants to report an emergency and needs help to. go onto the street".

During the disruption, additional police were sent on to streets around the country. Emergency service authorities published alternative numbers on Twitter.

Justice and security minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus told De Telegraaf that the ministry turned into investigating how the unfriendly number turned into given out.

"If three fail-safes don't work then something is seriously wrong", Socialist Party lawmaker Ronald van Raak said.

KPN is now now not the most efficient telecoms provider to suffer community considerations currently.

KPN could not yet provide a reason for the network problems and said it was working to resolve the issues.

"KPN suspects that there was a mistake in the software that occurred in all four routing systems at once".

FILE PHOTO: CEO Maximo Ibarra from KPN poses after the presentation of the company's financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 30, 2019.

KPN has sold its worldwide activities and now only serves the Dutch market, selling bundles of telephone, internet and TV services to consumers and businesses.

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