KPN testing 700MHz, 3500MHz, 26GHz 5G connections

8 Oct 2019

KPN of the Netherlands has tested 3.5GHz 5G connectivity between multiple locations, completing data sessions and voice/video calls on 5G smartphones between its 5G indoor network in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, its 5G FieldLab in the Port of Rotterdam and the KPN Technology Lab in The Hague. In the tests – using Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Huawei Mate 20 X and Oppo Reno 5G smartphones – a peak download speed of 1.3Gbps was recorded. Note that in the north of the country only limited indoor test usage of the 3.5GHz range is currently permitted as the band is pencilled in by the government for a late 2021/early 2022 licence auction but doubt remains as to whether the spectrum will be freed up from its existing usage by the Joint Sigint Cyber Unit (JSCU) of the General Intelligence & Security Service (AIVD) and Dutch Military Intelligence & Security Service (MIVD).

Additionally, KPN’s press release adds that ‘since the beginning of October’ it has been testing 5G 700MHz frequencies ‘nationwide’ and intends to test ‘the first available handsets’ using 700MHz frequencies ‘soon’. The 700MHz band will be available commercially in the Netherlands from early 2020 via an upcoming 5G licence auction. KPN also says it will start 26GHz 5G tests in Amsterdam in the short term. The government has not yet indicated a timescale for issuing 26GHz 5G licences.

Netherlands, KPN