In a press release published today, T-Mobile Netherlands has confirmed plans to invest ‘hundreds of millions of euros’ in the further development of its networks, including inking a multi-year supply contract with China’s Huawei Technologies. Starting this month, T-Mobile is kicking off a plan to renew all 5,000 of its antenna stations in the Netherlands with advanced radio technology allowing customers to benefit from ultra-high speed mobile internet access. Under the deal, Huawei will be working to upgrade the cellco’s base transceiver stations (BTS) with an integrated SingleRAN (Radio Access Network) capable of supporting Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G technology, while simultaneously catering for existing GSM/UMTS technologies.
Details of the upgrade plan will see the carrier begin the large-scale conversion of BTS in and around Amsterdam from the end of May, following which it will move to upgrade networks in other major cities such as Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, followed by the rest of the Randstad and the Netherlands. T-Mobile NL hopes that by the autumn of 2013 customers in Greater Amsterdam will have access to the 4G network and that by the end of 2014 ‘the vast majority of the Dutch population’ will be covered.