T-Mobile Netherlands announced its mobile network in The Hague is ready to launch 5G services, as soon as the spectrum auction is completed next year. CEO Soren Abildgaard announced the news at the Telecom Insights conference organised by Telecompaper in Utrecht.
The operator has conducted technical tests of the 5G network using experimental permits for the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands. T-Mobile plans to participate in the auction next year, and assuming it acquires the necessary spectrum, open up access then to the 5G network.
This will be the first step towards a national 5G network in 2020. A quick roll-out of the service was one of the promises made by T-Mobile as part of its takeover of Tele2 Netherlands at the start of this year.
The operator has been working with the municipality of The Hague to prepare for the 5G launch. At its Living Lab Scheveningen, T-Mobile has various projects underway with local partners in the health, security and mobility sectors. These are expected to help develop general business cases for 5G applications.
The European Commission has called for each EU country to have at least one 5G city in 2020. T-Mobile has upgraded its network throughout the city. KPN also announced recently that The Hague is the first city with its new radio network from Huawei. This means KPN also will be able to start 5G quickly there, once the 700 MHz band is available.