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Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)

Denmark - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)

The leading telecommunications company in Denmark is TDC, formerly Tele Danmark. The Nordic Telephone Company ApS (NTC) now owns most of the shares in TDC. There are a number of other private telephone service providers in Denmark, including Telia, Stofa and Tele 2.

Denmark has one of the highest rates of internet penetration in the world, with 29.3 high-speed connections per 100 people (2006). Most of the main telecom companies offer high-speed internet connection services.

There are a number of mobile phone service providers including CBB, M1, Telmore and TDC, and service coverage is excellent throughout the country. Call charges and packages offered vary considerably between providers, so it is worth shopping around. When buying a mobile phone, it is cheaper to get one which is locked to a specific provider for a minimum period of time, usually six months.

Post offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; some also open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays.

The public broadcaster, Danmarks Radio (DR) operates two TV networks and a number of radio stations. There is a licence fee. There is also a national commercial TV broadcaster, TV2, and a number of local commercial TV broadcasters, private satellite and cable TV companies. There are also a large number of local commercial radio stations, and two commercial networks.

Freedom of expression is provided for in Danish law, and the media are often critical of government policy.

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