Dutch telecom provider VodafoneZiggo will make 5G services available in large parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday, making it the first carrier to offer the technology in the country.
VodafoneZiggo, a joint venture of Vodafone and U.S. based cable firm Liberty Global, said it would expand 5G coverage to the whole of the Netherlands by July, using its current frequencies. This will make it the first operator to offer national 5G coverage.
At that time, all Vodafone customers with a suitable device and a 5G subscription will be able to make use of the latest 5G technology, all over the Netherlands, at no extra cost.
Through 5G, customers can currently already achieve peak download speeds of around 650Mbps on the Vodafone network. Using the latest network and device software, 5G download speeds of over 1Gbps have recently been measured in the Vodafone Test Centre. This will soon become available to customers as well and is far above the maximum 350Mbps of the current 4G subscriptions.
Says Marcel de Groot, Director Consumer Market at VodafoneZiggo: “Thanks to the successful roll-out by our technical colleagues, our existing antenna park has been transformed at high speed into an innovative 5G network that covers the whole of the Netherlands. In this way, even more of our customers can experience the improved network performance. At the same time, we have made international roaming agreements so that 5G is also available to Vodafone customers in Germany, China and Taiwan. Australia, New Zealand. Hungary and Turkey will follow soon, and later this year Great Britain, Romania, Ireland, Spain and Italy will follow suit.
The Dutch government is expected to start an auction for new airwave ranges for 5G networks by June 30, in which the three major Dutch telecom network operating companies – KPN, VodafoneZiggo and T-Mobile – are likely to participate.