Mobile networks: the second life of 2g




2g It’s 1994, Prodigy scores a big hit with No Good and the first film based on Star Trek: The Next Generation comes out. Brazil turns Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and – more importantly – KPN summer turns Dutch first digital mobile network: GSM.

The newspaper Trouw described on that occasion, which revolutionized digital mobile networks and associated phones might cause. “For SMS GSM phone should contain a small screen on which the text can be written and read. This indicates that the digital mobile phone the germ of a portable computer and phone in one. The revolution in the computer world of last fifteen years can now actually skip through digitization to the mobile telecommunications. ”

A subscription then cost 77 guilders per month and one minute call cost 90 cents. Who has forgotten how to count: that’s about 35 euros per month for the subscription and just over 40 cents per minute for calls – if you do not know the rate of inflation.

Mobile phones, also known as 2G, seems severely outdated. The maximum throughput of the Internet on 2g is 384kbit / s and many people use the slow network mainly yet to call or text, even though it is no longer needed. A few years ago seeped therefore the first messages that providers would want to quit 2g 4g as it once would be long term.

But now there is 4g, so the 2G network goes out? Does not look like it. Indeed, 2g gets a second life, with more users and more use will be higher than ever before. How did that change come, and why is 2g suddenly become important again?

This story is the first in a series on the Dutch mobile networks. Tweakers talked to people who manage the networks and make decisions in the three major providers, KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile. They explain what is behind the dashes or dots that your phone shows up in the picture and what the future holds for the mobile networks in the Netherlands.


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