The state of 5G in the Netherlands: Expectations vs. reality

From autonomous vehicles to smart cities and superfast industry networks, 5G offers exciting opportunities for consumers, enterprises, and the public sector. Discover 5G’s impact on the Netherlands and why its rollout is taking longer than its European peers.

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For Europe and the Netherlands, 5G mobile technology presents enormous development potential: the reliable, fast, networks with a high density of connections can transmit data faster than ever before, allow companies to monitor their assets in real time, and make remote management and automation possible on a large scale.

Because 5G networks are up to 90% more energy efficient compared to 4G networks, they have the potential to not only save money but are also more environmentally friendly. 5G can not only satisfy growing consumer demand for mobile data, but connect billions of humans and devices across the globe, which most economists predict will have a transformative impact on Europe’s GDP.

Enterprises and the public sector stand to gain even more than consumers, thanks to potential applications in industries like manufacturing and logistics, construction, smart cities, engineering, agriculture, and health care.

What is 5G?

5G is the general term used for a set of standards and technologies — the fifth generation of wireless mobile technology — that can transmit data up to 100 times faster, with a capacity that is 1,000 times greater, and using less energy, than prior-generation mobile technology. It can send enormous amounts of data over short distances and can connect more IoT (internet of things) devices than ever before. 5G is faster, more reliable, and more responsive than 4G.

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