The Hague should be the first Dutch city with full 5G coverage. The city is working with T-Mobile on the roll-out, which starts this year. This further expands the city’s ambitions to become a smart city.

The introduction of 5G is important in the development of smart cities. In such cities, new, digital applications are used to support the government and citizens. Thanks to the higher speeds of the mobile data network, the reliability and the option to connect many more devices to a network at the same time, more has become possible.

For The Hague, this means that the municipality can continue to innovate in the areas of safety, mobility and the use of public space. The municipality mainly focuses on solving social issues. This should make the city safer, more efficient and more sustainable.

“Together with the municipality, we are looking for partners inside and outside the city to try out 5G applications that will benefit the city and its inhabitants. Together we are investigating how we can give residents, students and companies the best possible access to 5G and how we can stimulate innovation in The Hague”, says Søren Abildgaard, CEO of T-Mobile Netherlands.

Pilots

Prior to the roll-out of 5G, the municipality of The Hague and T-Mobile are working together on various pilots in the city. According to Abildgaard, in the first phase the main focus is on applications in the field of logistics and industry. These include applications aimed at improving the accessibility of the city by providing very local traffic and parking information.

In addition, a new 5G Field Lab will be set up. There, schools and companies can experiment with 5G-based applications. T-Mobile Nederland provides connectivity and expert support on site.

By 2020, the entire roll-out must be completed and the entire city of The Hague will have 5G connectivity. When the national coverage of T-Mobile for 5G is a fact, is still unknown. However, the company said in January that it hopes that the realisation of the new network next year will already be a reality.

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