T-Mobile has announced that it will offer national 5G coverage from Tuesday. For the time being, it is a first version of 5G with a small speed increase.
National coverage means that 90 percent of the Dutch live within T-Mobile’s 5G coverage area. The telecom provider promised to offer a nationwide 5G network before the end of 2020 in July.
For the network, T-Mobile uses the frequencies required for 5G that were auctioned in July 2020. The so-called 700 MHz band was particularly important at the auction, because it can be used to set up a nationwide network with 5G technology.
The difference between 4G and 5G is currently not big. With the current 5G network, for example, data traffic is only slightly faster than via 4G. For a really significant increase in speed, the 3.5GHz band is needed. That frequency will not be auctioned in the Netherlands until 2022, because it is still used for a wiretapping station of the Ministry of Defense.
Vodafone and KPN also offer customers 5G. Customers who want to use the network do not only need a suitable subscription, but also a phone that is ready for 5G.