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26 April 2019 - Our network

Update on mobile network modernization towards 5G

KPN plans to select Western vendor for critical mobile core network for 5G

The Netherlands is a global frontrunner in terms of connectivity, with leading fixed and mobile networks. KPN wants to further expand on this leadership position, also in the interest of its customers and Dutch society at large. That is why KPN is building the digital highway of the Netherlands, rolling out fiber to another 1 million Dutch households and more, and preparing its mobile network for 5G.

KPN is currently reviewing all parts of its fixed and mobile network and assessing with which suppliers it can best achieve its network ambitions. In this context, KPN has implemented a multi-vendor policy. In the fixed domain, for example, KPN has recently announced it will work together with network supplier Nokia.

For the modernization of its networks, KPN takes into account the evolving assessment on the protection of vital infrastructure and the influence this may have on future Dutch policy. In this context KPN has decided to further tighten its security policy for its fixed and mobile network suppliers.

As regards the modernization of the mobile network towards 5G, KPN will renew both the mobile core network which from a security point of view is more sensitive, and the radio antenna network.

For the modernization of the mobile radio and antenna network, KPN has signed a preliminary agreement to start preparations with Huawei, a world leader in radio and antenna technology. This preliminary agreement can be adjusted or reversed to align it with future Dutch government policy.

Per KPN’s multi-vendor policy, KPN plans to select a Western vendor for the construction of the new mobile core network for 5G.

These combined steps enable KPN to execute on the need for a rapid modernization of the mobile networks towards 5G while taking into account the evolving assessment on the protection of vital infrastructure. KPN is continuously in dialogue on this topic with relevant stakeholders, including the government.