T-Mobile Netherlands announced today (27 October 2020) that its 5G mobile network has reached 90% coverage of the population, having built out its capacity ‘in record time’ using the frequencies obtained in the Dutch multi-band auction in July this year. T-Mobile’s press release claims that the coverage span fulfils its promise made prior to its January 2019 merger with Tele2 Netherlands to introduce 5G ‘nationwide’ before the end of 2020.
Soren Abildgaard, CEO of T-Mobile Netherlands, said: ‘Before the auction we made all the necessary preparations to be able to start quickly. Immediately after that we did everything we could to make sure we fulfilled on our promise. I am enormously proud that we have succeeded. It’s great to see how many consumers are already using 5G and are curious about the new possibilities.’ T-Mobile claims that more than 50% of all mobile data traffic in the Netherlands is carried on its network.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that after receiving 5G 700MHz and 1400MHz spectrum in the multi-band auction of June-July, T-Mobile commercially launched its 5G network on 28 July 2020 using the 700MHz band, offering access to users with compatible devices and 5G subscriptions across The Hague and ‘most of the Netherlands’ from the outset, and by end-August 2020 it claimed 85% national 5G coverage.