KPN will receive its license for the 5G network on Tuesday 28 July. From that moment on, the new mobile network of the provider in the Netherlands will be rolled out, KPN reports Friday morning.
The promise of the 5G network is that the mobile network will become faster and that more devices can be connected at the same time.
KPN activates the network as soon as possible. The provider starts with this in the Randstad and Eindhoven, followed by the rest of the country. The provider expects the renewal of the network to be completed in the second half of next year.
“On the renewed network, the download speed for all customers with a 4G device is already on average 50 percent faster,” says KPN. “For 5G devices, the upload speed also increases significantly.” Incidentally, the provider does not disclose specific speeds.
To enjoy all the benefits of 5G, not only a 5G subscription is required, but also a phone with a chip that supports the 5G network. Several Android manufacturers already offer such smartphones.
First 5G auction completed this week
The auction for the first 5G frequencies in the Netherlands was completed earlier this week. KPN, T-Mobile and Vodafone paid 1.23 billion euros for those frequencies. At this auction it was mainly to do the 700MHz band. It can be used to set up a nationwide network with 5G technology.
The main frequency band for 5G has not yet been auctioned. That’s the 3.5GHz band, which promises the biggest speed boost. This band is currently still used for a Defense monitoring station in Friesland. This tire will only be auctioned in 2022.
NU.nl has asked T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo when they activate the 700MHz band.