KPN trial of mobile TV via LTE to begin on 20 March

12 Mar 2014

KPN of the Netherlands has unveiled more details of the planned trial of live TV services over its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network. The three-month pilot service – news of which first emerged last month – will begin on 20 March and involve 2,000 pre-selected customers who already subscribe to its quad-play offering KPN Compleet. The trial is designed to examine the quality of service for live TV viewing outdoors, though the 16 channel package on offer during the test period will not include the country’s three public service channels – Nederland 1, 2 and 3 – or the range of stations available from the main commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS. A report from local website says that KPN is still in negotiations with the commercial channels over the cost of the new service. The telco has therefore not yet released details of end-user pricing or when it expects the service to be rolled out commercially.

As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in February this year, once launched on a commercial basis the full mobile TV offering will carry a monthly fee, but data used will not count towards the user’s bandwidth allowance. KPN launched its first LTE networks in May 2012 using 2.6GHz spectrum, going on to launch in the 800MHz/1800MHz band later that year. It said last year that it expects to achieve ‘nationwide’ 4G coverage by the end of this month.

Netherlands, KPN