T-Mobile’s Dutch Unit Sticks by 80% LTE Coverage Target

T-Mobile Netherlands has confirmed its target of achieving 80% population coverage with its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by the end of this year. By that date T-Mobile NL intends to blanket the 20 biggest urban areas of the country with its 4G signal, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Breda, Heerlen and Groningen. By that date, the cellco will have boosted coverage to 70%-80% of users, up from around 50% currently, covering most of South Holland and Utrecht, as well as the southern part of North Holland and significant regions of North Brabant, Gelderland and Flevoland. With the long term aim being to reach 90% coverage by end-2015, T-Mobile has two million or so users who can currently access LTE, around 500,000 are actually using the service. Further, the cellco says that as a rule, 4G customers and those on its HSPA+ network, typically consume up to 128% more data downloads than other users. T-Mobile is playing catch up in the Netherlands. Rival KPN Mobile Netherlands has already completed its nationwide 4G rollout, while Vodafone hopes to complete its own deployment in September 2014.

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