FILE PHOTO: KPN’s head office is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – the Netherlands launched an investigation on Tuesday into a national network, interference with telecommunications company KPN, which knocked out emergency service numbers for almost four hours.
On Monday, a network problem, which will render the national police force, ambulance service, fire department and emergency services can’t be reached, and it does not seem to be the result of a security breach, KPN said, without giving further details.
The british Secretary of state for Justice, Ferd Grapperhaus gave no reason for the network failure occurs, however, in a letter to parliament, said:
“It is of the utmost importance to examine this failure, company should be able to be done, and why back-up systems are not functioning properly.”
An hour after the outage, KPN announced that its chief executive Maximo Ibarra left because of “family reasons” after only a little more than a year in the job, to add to that, the Colombian-Italian executive decision and it was not linked to it.
Ibarra returned to Italy, where he was in charge of the College’s Sky Italia pay-tv business, two sources close to the case said..
“I am sorry, for the time, but for family reasons, it gave me no choice,” said Ibarra, in a statement. “I will devote the coming months to ensure a seamless transition to my successor.”
Ibarra will remain in the company, as the Shares traded 2.4 percent lower by 1105 GMT, up to the end of September to find a replacement.
KPN has sold its international operations and now serves only the Dutch market, for the sale of bundles of telephony, internet and TV services to consumers and businesses.
Reporting by Toby Sterling; additional reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, italy.; Editing by, Louise Heavens and Keith Weir, Alexander, Smith