The Netherlands does not respect the 5G agreements on the faster mobile network. As a result, there is a 5G delay in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.
The European Commission will notify the Dutch cabinet in a written form. This letter is the first step in the legal procedure that can be completed by the European Court of Justice.
Brussels states that by the end of June, the Member States "have adopted and published a compulsory road map to allow the use of the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband networks by 30 June 2020 at the latest."
The auction of 5G frequencies is scheduled for 2019 on the agenda of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The last big auction of frequencies for wireless communication was in 2012.
The ministry responded that it must wait for Brussels. "For precise planning and auction design, we depend on the European Commission, which must decide on the intended merger of T-Mobile and Tele2."
In September, the European Commission objected to the takeover of Tele2 by T-Mobile in the Netherlands. According to the regulator, there may not be enough competition if the number of mobile networks falls from four to three due to mergers.
T-Mobile and Tele2 do not agree. According to them, merging is important so that it can carry expensive investments in the 5G network.
In 2019, the first phones on the market could deal with a faster 5G connection, followed by 4G. Among other things, Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung are working on 5G devices. In the Netherlands, the first 5G networks are already being tested in several cities.