T-Mobile tests in The Hague, VodafoneZiggo in Maastricht
T-Mobile Netherlands launched three 5G test network sites in collaboration with the Municipality of The Hague, The Hague Tech (Central Innovation District) and T-Mobile’s head office in the city. Frequency bands used at the research sites include 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and 26GHz. The goal is to make The Hague the first city in the Netherlands with a full 5G coverage network in 2020, after the auction of 700MHz frequencies scheduled for completion early 2020.
The company achieved 850Mbps data download speed at its headquarters with the OPPO Reno 5G smartphone. The maximum data rate on T-Mobile’s 4G network is about 400Mbps.
VodafoneZiggo launched a 5G base station connected to its existing mobile network in Maastricht using a 3.5GHz test frequency permit, in partnership with Ericsson. The purpose of the 5G base station in Maastricht is to gain experience in integrating 5G technology with the commercial network before expanding 5G pilot activities to Eindhoven in autumn 2019, also using a 3.5GHz test band.