Dutch operator T-Mobile Netherlands has begun implementing a major network modernisation programme, starting in Amsterdam South-East, with the aim of replacing 4,800 base transceiver stations (BTS) over a period of 18 months. According to Telecompaper the cellco is replacing outmoded gear with new Single RAN BTS provide by Huawei Technologies of China. The work will take place at a rate of 60 cell sites per week the company says, similar to the rollout schedules of rivals KPN Mobile The Netherlands and Vodafone NL. Further, T-Mobile says that once the bulk of the cell sites have been upgraded it will move to switch on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, operating in the 1800MHz band, in the Randstad, while simultaneously increasing 3G network speeds in the country via a DC-HSPA+ technology upgrade on its 900MHz network.
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