Dutch 3G networks continue at least until 2021 in the air




The Dutch 3G networks continue at least until 2021 in the air. All three providers have the government pay tens of millions of euros to extend the required license for 3G frequency that operates at four years.

The permit would expire on January 1, 2017, but that will now therefore be January 1, 2021, as appears from the publication of the Radiocommunications Agency. It is the license on the 2,1GHz band and in the license, part of the UMTS auction in 2000, states that providers must use frequency for 3G.

It is unknown what will happen next with 3G. KPN said in 2013 that it was considering turning off 3G on the long term. Many M2M applications require 2g, making it probably still decades in the air will remain. T-Mobile said two years ago against Tweakers that it will keep all the networks in the air.

The Radiocommunications Agency has renewed the licenses, because the government wants more time to prepare for an auction. A frequency auction planned for 2019, which in addition to this frequency also include space in the 700MHz band comes under the hammer.


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