Vodafone Netherlands today launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Simultaneously, the carrier is also increasing its 3G network speeds with dual-carrier (DC) technology to ensure that all its mobile broadband users benefit from improved performance going forward. In a press release, Vodafone Netherlands confirmed that anyone signing up to a RED subscription from today in the Randstad will be able to take advantage of 4G, and has published a map on its web site detailing its network footprint. It has also included a feature detailing its current range of LTE-supported devices, and notes that in the future more and more smartphones and tablets will be added to the list.
The cellco’s new LTE-based services use the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands, with the lower band providing greater coverage scope, while the higher band is aimed at just providing high capacity and high speeds in densely populated areas. It claims the new network will offer transmission speeds of up to ten times those available on its 3G infrastructure – with a maximum theoretical download speed of 50Mbps, and typical real-life speed ranges of between 10Mbps and 15Mbps. Vodafone RED plans cost from EUR44 (USD58.5) per month for ‘RED Essential’, giving 400 voice call minutes, unlimited SMS texting and a 500MB data bundle; the premier ‘RED Super’ plan costs EUR55 per month for unlimited calls and texts, and 4GB of data downloads. A 50% discount if currently being applied to all RED tariff plans.