Huawei, Ericsson, KPN, and Vodafone were among 10 partners that launched a 5G test bed in the Dutch province of North Groningen with a focus on developing practical applications for the next-generation technology.
A new study by TowerXchange predicted that 48 per cent of European mobile towers will be owned by independent tower companies by 2020 as mobile network operators continue to divest their infrastructure.
KPN announced that it is on track to complete nationwide deployment of a LoRa-based Internet of Things (IoT) network by June after expanding coverage throughout western Holland, an area known as the Randstad.
Deutsche Telekom board member Niek Jan van Damme issued a rallying call to Germany and Europe to back open standards in the field of smart homes, warning that a failure to do so would see businesses in the region lose out to international rivals.
Hrvatski Telekom, the Croatian subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, took its first step as a technology partner to the city of Dubrovnik by opening a smart street pilot project.
Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile Netherlands business narrowly beat rivals KPN, Vodafone Netherlands and Tele2 Netherlands in terms of voice call success rates, research company Omnitele said.
KPN unveiled a new strategy designed to reduce capex and opex by a further €300 million ($329 million) a year by the end of 2019, bringing total cost savings to at least €750 million by that point compared to 2013.
A planned joint venture between Vodafone Netherlands and Ziggo may attract business customers away from market leader KPN, according to a survey conducted by Dutch research company Conclusr.
Vodafone and Liberty Global agreed to merge their Dutch operations in a move that will provide greater competition in the area of converged services for rival KPN while further isolating T-Mobile Netherlands as a mobile-only player.
Ericsson said Netherlands-based operator KPN inaugurated a C-RAN small cell in an Amsterdam bus stop that will offer subscribers seamless coverage when moving in and out of the cell's coverage area.