T-Mobile Netherlands has announced the official commercial launch date for its consumer 4G LTE mobile broadband services, which will be available to all post- and pre-paid network users with a compatible device from 18 November 2013 across Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The 1800MHz LTE network will cover around 29% of the population at its official launch, and is being expanded in phases, with T-Mobile targeting coverage of 56% in the first half of 2014, 83% in H2 2014, 93% in H1 2015 and ‘100%’ by the end of 2015, according to the cellco’s website.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that T-Mobile Netherlands launched an LTE network in the 2600MHz band serving exclusively business users in May 2012, which covers areas including Gorinchem, Leiden, Delft (all cities in South Holland), parts of Rotterdam and The Hague, but has bided its time in moving to a mass-market, full-coverage 4G launch. From 18 November, pre- and post-paid consumer/business users of its brands including T-Mobile, Ben, Simpel, MTV and *bliep will be able to access the new 1800MHz LTE network with either a new or existing data plan. T-Mobile has been advertising its handsets as ‘4G ready’ far ahead of the commercial launch, including models such as iPhone5, Nokia Lumia 920, BlackBerry Z10, Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy S4. Speeds available on existing mobile internet subscriptions will be upgraded automatically, with a maximum data rate of 50Mbps promised.