The Netherlands’ KPN announced today that it will launch commercial 5G mobile network services on 28 July 2020 with over 90% 5G coverage in the top five Dutch cities from the outset, under a plan to offer nationwide 5G coverage in 2021. All KPN customers with a suitable mobile device will be able to access the network from next week across the Randstad area (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) and Eindhoven, reaching approximately half of the Netherlands’ population. Furthermore, B2B customers will be able to purchase special 5G-only services including coverage-on-demand, application priority and guaranteed bandwidth.
Earlier this week KPN won a 700MHz band 5G licence and additional 1400MHz 5G spectrum alongside its rivals VodafoneZiggo and T-Mobile. VodafoneZiggo had previously switched on its commercial 5G network using existing frequencies and dynamic spectrum sharing technology.