KPN Buys Attingo

KPN acquires Dutch Internet and business service provider Attingo, which offers hotspots at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

January 11, 2006

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THE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- KPN will take over Dutch internet and business service provider Attingo. Attingo is the only provider of public internet and business communication services at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Each month more than 40,000 passengers use Attingo's services at Schiphol, which include broadband internet using both fixed PCs as well as wireless Wi-Fi HotSpots. As a consequence, Schiphol is the most well used HotSpot in the Netherlands. The acquisition fits in with KPN's commitment to offering customers the best communications facilities, anytime, anywhere and furthermore confirms KPN's leading position in the Wi-Fi HotSpot market in the Netherlands.

An increasing number of the more than 40 million passengers traveling through Schiphol each year wants to use their laptop or PDA to access the internet while at the airport. 2005 saw the use of wireless broadband internet at Schiphol more than triple compared to the previous year. Attingo offers Wi-Fi HotSpots in communication zones located throughout the airport complex, including all KLM Crown lounges. In addition Attingo exploits managed office facilities for business passengers, which, besides being equipped with wired and wireless internet facilities, also offer private offices and postal and telephony services. The acquisition will increase KPN's visibility as the provider of communications services for passengers at Schiphol, for many people the gateway to the Netherlands. Attingo employees will not be affected by the takeover. Following completion, Attingo B.V. will be integrated into KPN HotSpots B.V., a subsidiary of Koninklijke KPN N.V.

Ardjan Konijnenberg, director of KPN HotSpots: "Attingo is a well-organized and profitable company and is an excellent complement to KPN's core activities. I am very pleased that with this acquisition we can expand our activities to Schiphol immediately. Schiphol is the most attractive HotSpot in the Netherlands and as such is a fantastic addition to our HotSpots at other first class locations throughout the country."

Edward van de Zande, director of Attingo: “Our concept of providing communications services and personal support to passengers is unique in the airport industry and this has contributed to Schiphol being voted best airport in the world. The integration with KPN Hotspots will ensure an even more prominent contribution to the AirportCity concept.”

Suredj Autar, director Consumer Products for Schiphol: "Attingo is an entrepreneurial and customer-oriented company. Together with Schiphol, it has put together an innovative internet concept fitting to the development of a leading AirportCity. The ambitions of KPN and Schiphol show an excellent match as far as innovation is concerned. We consequently view this as a positive development."

KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)

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