Application for new permits for local, private 5G networks possible | News item

News item | 06-10-2023 | 4:15 PM

Dutch companies and consumers can use 5G technology via national mobile communication networks. In addition, Minister Micky Adriaansens (Economic Affairs and Climate) is also making new local permits available to companies and organizations for wireless, private 5G networks. Parties can, for example, run their own business processes on it. Applying for these local permits on a specific part of the so-called 3.5 Gigahertz band can be done from mid-October 2023 on the basis of a new issuance policy published today.

Dutch industrial estates and within individual companies or organizations will soon have more options for their own digital, wireless infrastructure. This is important, for example to ensure that your own processes work undisturbed and protected. Companies will soon be able to, jointly or separately, build their own 5G network, so that they can use virtual reality with their own frequencies and on their own premises, for example, or control smart, complex devices such as self-driving vehicles or robots in factories.

Renewed policy for issuing local, private 5G permits

Previously, applying for such permits was first come, first served. The next party was then virtually assured of frequency space, which was also maximally protected. This meant that other companies in the same region had less or little chance of obtaining a local permit. Reason for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to renew its issuance policy.

Companies are still subject to it first come, first servedprinciple with their license applications, but new applicants have the same rights to frequency use as their neighbors, who may already have a license. This also means that companies with a permit will soon have to take into account the obligation of mutual consultation and coordination of use, possibly with the support of the supervisor. State Inspectorate of Digital Infrastructure (RDI). In this way, many more companies can take advantage of the opportunities of fast private networks in the 3.5 Gigahertz band and we strengthen the digital power of our business community.

In the 3.5 GHz band, 2×50 Megahertz (out of a total of 400) will be available for local wireless applications of companies and organizations. Based on the amended National Frequency Plan, these private permits will actually become available from December 1, 2023.