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The government wants tens of thousands of 5G transmitter masts in the streets of the Netherlands by 2022. This is evidenced by a preliminary bill from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, writes the AD. According to the bill, municipalities will be obliged to participate in the construction of the antenna installations.

Antennas for mobile internet are already being placed in public spaces, but this is often done invisibly. The so-called small cells are for example placed in bus shelters.

There are currently more than 46,000 mobile antennas, but by 2022 there will probably be tens of thousands more. The Ministry’s Radiocommunications Agency is not yet in a position to predict the exact number of antennas that will be installed. The new antennas will be installed in bus shelters, lampposts and buildings.

“The need for public authorities to provide public buildings and infrastructure may increase the possibilities for small cell deployments,” said the Radiocommunications Agency. According to the Cabinet, the antenna obligation is necessary to be able to offer “leading services” to users. This includes self-propelled cars, for example.

5G rollout

The roll-out of 5G in the Netherlands is yet to begin. The auctions for the frequencies for the mobile internet connection will start at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. At least three telecom providers can participate in the bidding process. Providers will have access to a maximum of 40% of the total number of available frequencies.

Before this happens, however, the satellite flushing station in Burum, Frisian Burum, must be relocated if it is to be possible to offer 5G above the Amsterdam-Zwolle line. The AIVD and the MIVD thus receive communications from satellites above the equator. The frequency that is also required for 5G is used. The satellite station will probably move abroad in 2022.

In addition, the specific requirements for suppliers’ products and services for the 5G network still need to be clarified. Earlier this month, the government announced that telecoms companies must take additional security measures for the networks in order to prevent espionage. These security measures will also apply to the existing telephone networks.

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