Vodafone’s Dutch business unit has started work on a low-key rollout of 2.5G EDGE technology on its network, Telecompaper reports. The overlay, which will initially cover urban and outlying areas where the cellco’s 3G footprint is limited, is designed to support the growing number of smartphones and anticipated rise in data traffic on its network. Previously Telfort was the sole Dutch operator offering EDGE in the country, but its services stopped after the company’s takeover by KPN (Royal KPN).
In a separate story the Dutch government has reportedly scrapped a requirement compelling the ‘big three’ UMTS licence holders to roll out and maintain a 3G network in the country. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has apparently adjusted the licences awarded on 7 August 2000 to the predecessors of KPN, T-Mobile Netherlands and Vodafone Libertel for the use of frequency bands for IMT-2000 services. As such, the licence amendment removes the requirement for each to build their own network.