Dutch parliament calls for govt to name first 5G city

Thursday 30 November 2017 | 16:04 CET | News

The Dutch parliament has called for the government to designate a first 5G city. The governing parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie along with opposition party GroenLinks introduced a motion on the matter. D66 MP Jan Paternotte said that the cities of Enschede and Eindhoven, home to technical universities, have expressed interest in a 5G project. 

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said earlier that it did not plan to name a specific city, as the market is expected to roll out 5G across the country after the auction planned for 2019. 

The parliament also called on the government to provide more clarity on the auction plans, at least in its spring policy statement of 01 June. They especially want more information over the timing of the spectrum release, and plans to resolve problems with releasing the 3.5 GHz band for mobile services. 

The call for a 5G city is in line with a target set by the European Commission for 5G to be available in at least one city of each EU member state by 2020. These cities will serve as test sites to support development of industry applications and the equipment ecosystem. 

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