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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, because KPN wants the network to perform well and be available everywhere in the Netherlands. National coverage is an important priority.

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 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.

From SMS to YouTube

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 99.3% coverage in the Netherlands, which means we have the best coverage in the country. 

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 2016, KPN customers used 69% more mobile data than in the previous year. And 3 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.

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. This technology is connecting countless devices to the internet. Wherever they are located.

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