Vodafone Netherlands has increased its 3G network speeds in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht and large areas outside the Randstad, Telecompaper reports. The boost forms Phase II of the operator’s ‘Fast Forward’ programme – part of a wider initiative to prepare its infrastructure for 4G, and to upgrade its 2G and 3G networks. As part of the overall strategy, Vodafone Netherlands recently purchased an additional 2×5MHz of frequencies in the UMTS band. It is looking to deploy 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the coming months and by the summer, hopes to cover large parts of the country with its 4G signal. The cellco began offering LTE services on 4 February in parts of the Randstad. For its part, rival operator T-Mobile Netherlands will begin with its own 4G rollout in August.