23 Mar 2004
The mobile arm of Dutch incumbent KPN will launch a limited 3G service in its home market from July 2004, and plans to introduce UMTS to business users in Germany through its E-Plus subsidiary as early as June. Moreover, the operator said that 3G services would also be available to consumers in the summer, while a phased deployment in Belgium would ‘follow later’. By the end of 2004 E-Plus aims to have coverage in 300 towns and cities in Germany, including all cities with more than 300,000 inhabitants. KPN, meanwhile, plans to have expanded coverage to 40 major cities and the main transport routes in the Randstad conurbation by that date; it has set aside EUR1.4 billion for UMTS over the period 2003-05.