Dutch telecoms giant KPN has expanded its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network to cover seven major cities, according to reports from technology website Tweakers, citing a statement from the operator. Users in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Groningen, Eindhoven and Tilburg can now access theoretical speeds up to 225Mbps, via compatible devices. The faster speeds are a result of KPN’s use of carrier aggregation (CA) technology, which combines frequencies in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March this year KPN announced that it had trialled the Netherlands’ first tri-band CA solution, utilising frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands and allowing the telco to achieve peak download speeds of 297Mbps. Going forward, KPN plans to roll out tri-band CA in areas where high levels of data traffic has a negative effect on its download speeds.