New frequencies, new networks Limited range




New frequencies, new networks
Limited range

The term ‘national coverage’ does not mean that everyone has coverage everywhere. It just means that providers with their coverage covers an area of ​​95 or 99 percent of the Dutch population. Many people have no coverage indoors or notice that there is no signal in some environments. Abuse can help in such cases, especially with many people regularly complain.

No 2g 3g 4g range Sometimes it helps in its entirety, as in the villages of Echten and Delfstrahuizen in Friesland. Due to a conflict between church and KPN is there no cell tower nearby, so no range. In North Holland Andijk preferred site visitors RTV Noord Holland lack of range even ‘Hottest Hangzhou Iron’, the biggest problem the town is facing.

This problem is often not in the border areas. However, their masts providers do not able to start, because then people just live across the border, Germans or Belgians, quickly pick up the signal and Dutch networks can suffer from interference to full power. The same applies to networks in neighboring countries, so that the coverage in the border areas is restricted by European rules.

Emergency number 112 it would otherwise have to go to make a call or Internet better. If you sit on, for example, T-Mobile and you have no coverage when calling 112, the phone can automatically call from KPN and Vodafone.

At various auctions in recent years are the frequencies auctioned. Which frequencies have different providers, is to a large extent determine their strategy. The diagram below shows the various frequencies for mobile networks in the Netherlands, after the various auctions. Parentheses represents the technology provider uses a band or soon likely to use.
Coupled 900MHz
Coupled 1800MHz
Coupled 1900MHz
Unused Horse 2100MHz
Coupled 2600MHz
Coupled 2600MHz
Unused Horse
Tele2 (4g) Voda (2g) KPN (2g) T-Mo Voda (3g) T-Mo Voda (4g)
Tele2 (4g) Voda (2g) KPN (2g) T-Mo Voda (3g) T-Mo Voda (4g)
Voda (4g) KPN (2g) KPN (4g) KPN Voda (3g) T-Mo Ziggo (4g)
Voda (4g) KPN (3g) KPN (4g) Voda KPN (3g) T-Mo Ziggo (4g)
KPN (4g) T-Mo (2g) Voda (2g) T-Mo KPN (3g) T-Mo Ziggo (4g)
KPN (4g) T-Mo (2g) Voda (2g) T-Mo KPN (3g) KPN Ziggo (4g)
T-Mo (3g) Voda (4g) T-Mo T-Mo (3g) KPN T-Mo (4g)
Voda (4g) T-Mo (3g) KPN KPN (4g)
T-Mo (4g) KPN (3g) KPN KPN (4g)
T-Mo (4g) Voda (3g) KPN Tele2 (4g)
T-Mo (4g) T-Mo (3g) KPN Tele2 (4g)
T-Mo (4g) T-Mo (3g) Tele2 Tele2 (4g)
T-Mo (2g) Tele2 (4g)
T-Mo (2g)

Graphical representation of the frequency distribution. Each block represents 5MHz. In a paired spectrum each block has separate frequencies for up-and download. In an unpaired spectrum is not so, and providers must work with time-division for upload and download, a technology that support fewer phones.

Lower frequencies are better for the range, better for higher capacity. Moreover, this applies, the more a spectrum provider among each other “state, the higher the data rate can be. So come KPN and Vodafone with 10MHz to about 80Mbit / s, T-Mobile gets the 1800MHz band with 20MHz about 140Mbit / s. The providers will now issued the highest frequencies, which also use the 2.6 GHz band, mostly for small cells, small zendmastjes for example for lampposts in busy shopping streets and squares.
New equipment

The auction and the associated new frequencies spent a beneficial effect with it. Providers had to purchase new equipment to support. All new 4G frequencies So they announced one after another to replace all equipment. On all their masts in the course of about three years

These are expensive operations, but necessary not only for 4g, but also because the network squeaked and creaked, and the limits to the capacity in some places had been years in sight. The new equipment makes it possible to also use it. 3g at more frequencies This SingleRAN equipment makes providers no longer need along to a base to use a different frequency., Or other network If a few years at an auction again a few frequencies are changed, which can effortlessly.

KPN speaks of a “military operation”, says Jacob Groote, vice president of mobile operations of KPN. “It’s not just a technical process, it is more of a logistical process. We need to get the right people and things at the right time in the right place, because we wanted to enter. Nationwide 4g so fast” KPN is now almost finished completing the nationwide coverage.

Installation of new equipment (photo: KPN)

Vodafone and T-Mobile are also working hard. “We now have about the same number of masts fitted with new equipment such as KPN,” said Richard Marijs, network economics manager of T-Mobile. “But because we need more masts have the same range due to the higher frequency we use, we need more masts for rebuilding the country.”

Only when cell towers are converted, benefiting customers in a specific area of ​​the new equipment. In addition to the arrival of 4G means faster and often more available 3G.


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