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Parent Company: Koninklijke KPN N.V.

Brand value: $4,573 Mil.

Headquarter city: Rotterdam

Industry: Telecom Providers

Year formed: 1989

KPN as a brand was founded in 1989, but its legacy traces back to 1881 and the Netherlands’ first government-run telegraph service, which was soon combined with postal and telephone services to create a state-run communications powerhouse. By the 2000s KPN had privatized and spun off its postal business, leaving a core business focused on fixed and mobile telecom networks, as well as data and home internet, with 5.5 million Dutch consumers using at least one KPN product. As the telecom industry changed and voice became just one part of KPN’s telecom offerings, the company changed its brand focus to connecting the country in a myriad of ways. As such, technological innovation has once again become a prominent part of the brand’s identity and communications often showcase the emotional, societal, and sustainability benefits of greater connectivity. Recently KPN announced that they would discontinue their brands Telfort, XS4All, and Yes Telecom to focus on one KPN master brand. KPN will end its sponsorship with the Dutch skating team by 2020 and focus on sponsoring KNVB and the Eredivisie football league. Recently, the company’s innovation lab has also gained much media attention by testing out an autonomous drone taxi in Amsterdam. KPN is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.