15 Dec 2014
Swedish-backed operator Tele2 Netherlands (Tele2 NL) is to launch its 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network ‘in the beginning of 2015’, according to a press release. The rollout will start with network clusters covering areas from Amsterdam to Rotterdam before coverage expands across the entire country. Tele2 NL is the first mobile service provider in the Netherlands to exclusively offer 4G services; it doesn’t operate 2G or 3G networks and claims that this, combined with its network-sharing agreement with cellco T-Mobile and low licence investment costs, means that it can offer competitive prices on the market, saying it estimates the cost of operating as a mobile network operator (MNO) as opposed to its existing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) status to be up to 85% lower. Promoting Tele2 NL’s services, CEO Jeff Dodds said: ‘Over the past two years the team at Tele2 has been focused on building the best performing 4G network in the Netherlands…Thanks to our extremely low set-up and operating costs, we believe Tele2 [can] challenge the incumbent Dutch operators, in a market where 4G is still considered by consumers to be an expensive premium service and price levels for mobile data remain amongst the highest in Europe.’ The operator plans to have nationwide coverage by the end of March 2016.