Today, T-Mobile Netherlands launched its 5G mobile network, offering access to users with compatible devices and 5G subscriptions in The Hague and ‘most of the Netherlands’, under a plan to provide ‘nationwide’ 5G coverage by the end of the year. The launch arrived on the same day as larger operator KPN, after both cellcos flagged up their plans late last week, following the Netherlands’ recent multi-band frequency auction which included 700MHz 5G spectrum. Rival VodafoneZiggo, which also received 5G spectrum at the auction, had already launched commercial 5G services in April based on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology.
T-Mobile confirmed that its initial 5G network is based on its new 700MHz spectrum, with existing subscribers to its Unlimited and Unlimited Plus subscriptions automatically receiving 5G access on suitable devices, while users with a T-Mobile Go subscription without Unlimited will be able to add 5G access as an option to their subscription. T-Mobile highlighted at its launch event that the new network will support significant advances in areas such as IoT and critical communications.