The Dutch government must demand that the mobile network can always achieve a certain minimum speed. This is the advice in a study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The researchers advise State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs to require a minimum speed for mobile internet when the frequencies for the 5G network are auctioned.

That minimum speed should be 8 Mbps in 2022, according to the researchers. In 2026 he could then be raised to 10 Mbps.

This speed would not be reached at the moment. At the extreme edge of the mobile network, the connection would be limited or even unavailable.

‘Fast internet is a basic need’

According to Keijzer, fast internet via a fixed or mobile connection can now be seen as a basic need. “There are still places in the Netherlands where the mobile network coverage is not sufficient, for example because offering at the locations for operators is commercially unprofitable, which the cabinet wants to solve at the upcoming auction.”

Frequent buyers must already promise to cover 98 percent of the Netherlands with their 5G networks.

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