Dutch operators target business users with early LTE services

KPN Mobile launched a limited LTE service aimed at enterprise users in the Dutch cities of Utrecht and The Hague. KPN's move comes days after Dutch cable company Ziggo launched an LTE network targeting business users that have subscribed to its cable broadband network.

The KPN's LTE network, which has been undergoing test for a year, will run in the 2.6GHz band and offer download speeds of up to 50Mbps and upload speeds approaching 25Mbps, However, business users wanting to access the service will be asked to pay an extra €17.50 per month for 8 GB on top of their standard monthly subscription fee of €50, according to Telecom Paper.

The company told Telegeography it will soon begin a pilot trial using "power users" to test a consumer-based LTE offer, and look to extend and expand LTE trials throughout the remainder of 2012.

Ziggo says that its LTE network, which covers the cities of Breda, Zwolle and Oss, will not be extended beyond the enterprise sector where it is claiming to offer speeds as high as 100Mbps in the downlink and 40Mbps in the uplink.

Ziggo and now KPN Mobile have stolen a march on Tele2-Versatel, Vodafone Netherlands and T-Mobile, which each acquired 2.6GHz spectrum in the recent LTE auction.

For more:
- see this Telecom Paper (sub. req.)
- see this Telegeography

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