Vodafone launch 5G network in half of the Netherlands, using its own 1800 MHz spectrum
Vodafone has actually launched its 5G network throughout fifty percent of the Netherlands, with complete coverage expected for end-July. All Vodafone customers with a suitable device and the right subscription will have the ability to utilize 5G in the coverage area.
While the country has actually not yet auctioned 5G spectrum, Vodafone said it has the ability to supply 5G on existing 1800 MHz spectrum bands, making it the first operator in the country to launch 5G services.
By using technology of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, Vodafone can divide the existing 1800 MHz spectrum between 5G and 4G. This will enhance latency by 30 percent – from an average of 30 ms on 4G to an average of under 20 ms – and improve data speeds by approximately 10 percent. This will be particularly noticeable when playing games or streaming videos. Via spectrum sharing, appropriate devices can make use of the spectrum for both 4G and 5G.
Devices and suitable subscriptions
All existing and also new Vodafone consumers with a Red (consumer) or Red Pro (business) subscription can access 5G at no added price. These subscriptions will certainly be activated over the coming days, with 5G active within a week. Also Clients on start plans can use 5G services with an add-on of EUR 2.00 per month.
Auction and rollout of networks