KPN deploys CDMA network for M2M services

The Dutch telco KPN is in the process of deploying a CDMA450 network that will be used for M2M services. The company said that the technology made it particularly suited for M2M given its good in-building penetration and the small number of base stations required to provide national coverage.

KPN, which acquired the 450MHz spectrum when it purchased Nozema Services in 2005 for €75 million, said the license limited the company to offering Public Access Mobile Radio (PAMR) services--essentially restricting it to closed-user groups--as against open networks.

The company said that M2M would fall into this category, and it also expected to meet the additional requirement of providing national coverage by the end of this year.

According to research conducted by IEMR, KPN Mobile will remain the largest mobile operator in the Netherlands with its subscriber base increasing from 10.1 million in 2009 to over 11 million by 2014. However, while IEMR forecasts that KPN Mobile's ARPU will remain in the range of €27 to €29 over the next two years, Vodafone Netherlands will outperform all other operators with an ARPU of around €34 over the next eight quarters.

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