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Mobile networks

The whole world
within your grasp

Do what you want to do, wherever and whenever it suits you. Since the arrival of our first GSM network in 1993, we’ve been connecting the Netherlands via mobiles. Today, the rapid 4G network gives customers worry-free access to the online world. Wherever and whenever they want. From 2020 the entire Netherlands can use our 5G network. Precision agriculture, new technologies for cars, smart sensors in devices and vehicles, 'immersive TV': 5G will connect the whole of society.

Internet use has become mobile. Dutch people communicate for the most part via handy apps. We’re doing many online purchases on our mobile devices. KPN’s 4G networks make it possible to use the internet almost everywhere in the Netherlands. At the tram stop and in the car, in the city and in rural areas where, as yet, there is no permanent broadband connection available.

The best coverage of the Netherlands

The most important thing for our customers is being able to make mobile calls and use the internet all the time and anywhere. That’s why KPN is working every day on achieving the best coverage in the Netherlands. Currently, our network has 99.4% coverage in the Netherlands, which means we have the best coverage in the country.

From 160 characters to super fast 4G

Mobile access began with our first GSM network – also known as 2G technology – which allowed the first SMS and MMS messages to be sent. 3G followed in 2003: a new mobile standard that made it possible to use the internet anywhere. Today, KPN offers superfast 4G internet to almost the whole of the Netherlands. For uploading, downloading, watching films, putting photos on Facebook and listening to music anywhere via Spotify. All on your telephone. And the next technology, 5G? It’s already on its way.

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Explosive data use

As a result of the fast and reliable 4G network, the data use of our customers is growing exponentially. In 2018, KPN customers used 38% more mobile data than in the previous year. And 6 times as much as they did in 2014. A KPN customer used, on average, 2 GB per month in 2016. We are always available online via WhatsApp or Facebook. In addition, we are making almost unnoticed use of the internet when we listen to music via Spotify, navigate to a destination using Google Maps or automatically make a backup of photos. The fast 4G connection ensures that it all runs smoothly and silently in the background.

5G: new generation, new revolution

The best is yet to come, because the move to 5G will be made in the coming years. This new generation mobile network is many times faster and more reliable than its predecessor 4G, it has a much larger capacity and there is hardly any delay in the connection. As a result, 5G will connect the entire society. We will modernize 5,000 sites of our mobile network through a 5G-ready equipment upgrade, so that we are ready to launch it.

Augmented reality, smart sensors in devices, vehicles and objects, 'immersive TV', agricultural drones: 5G makes it all possible. Tests from KPN in our 5G Field Labs underline the hugh potential of 5G, both for companies and consumers. We expect that 5G will present itself from 2020.

5G Field Labs: unique 5G applications in practice

In our 5G Field Labs, KPN investigates together with customers and technology partners, the value of the new generation mobile networks through a variety of use cases such as unique 5G applications for agriculture, urban areas, automotive and the port area.

Rural Field Lab: precision farming
Rural Field Lab: precision farming
In Drenthe, we are looking at how 5G can facilitate precision farming with drones. The first tests are successful. A cameradrone makes very accurate images of potato field, which are processed and sent to an agricultural machine. The machine then doses almost real-time and very precise crop protection to the potato crop. For example, a two day process is shortened to two hours.
Industry Field Lab: Industry 4.0
Industry Field Lab: Industry 4.0
5G is being tested for Industry 4.0 in the Industry Field Lab in Rotterdam. Thanks to the new mobile network, large-scale deployment of wireless sensors is possible, making information available in real-time. In this way, companies can optimize production processes, beter predict industrial maintenance.
Automotive Field Lab: new technologies for cars
Automotive Field Lab: new technologies for cars
Mainly due to the short response time (low latency), 5G is an impulse for advanced new car technologies. The possibilities of the 5G network for connected and automative driving are being investigated in the Automotive Field Lab in Helmond. Including Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC), in which vehicles inform each other in real time via the mobile network when they accelerate or brake. That can prevent traffic jams and accidents.
Urban Field Lab: smart city, smart living and events
Urban Field Lab: smart city, smart living and events
In Amsterdam - in particular in and around the Johan Cruyff ArenA - KPN is testing, among other things, how different 5G applications can make crowd management and an improved fan experience possible. In addition, applications in the field of artificial intelligence and virtual reality can increase the range for residents and visitors.

Devices connected with the Internet of Things

A fridge that lets you know when you’ve run out of milk or a traffic sign that sends a signal if its lopsided. It’s not only people that are always online, devices are communicating via KPN’s mobile networks too. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes physical objects digital and smart. We’ve taken a huge step with our new LoRa network. Since 2016, thanks to KPN, the Netherlands is the first country in the world with LoRa network with national coverage. Followed by LTE-M of KPN in 2018, a new IoT network based on 4G technology. These technologies are connecting countless devices to the internet. Wherever they are located.

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