When it comes to the mobile data experience, hail to the Netherlands!

The land of windmills, tulip fields, armies of cyclists…and amazing access to mobile signals. We’ve arrived in the Netherlands! It’s easy to fall in love with the small but mighty country, even more so if you’re a dedicated mobile data user. After analysing over 152 million data points collected from over 19,000 devices in the second quarter of 2017 we can safely state that the Dutch mobile network market is one of the most robust and progressive ones covered till date.

For the first national report covering the state of mobile networks, we’ve analysed customer experience across four major operators: KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, and though we’re thoroughly impressed with all, there is a clear winner hoarding in most of the awards.

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Even though KPN was among the first operators to implement 4G, it seems to have lost steam since. It was the only operator that didn’t manage to stock any of OpenSignal’s awards. Putting it into perspective, though, we should note that the availability and speed we measured for KPN were still very impressive on a global scale.

Tele2 and Vodafone seem to be battling it out in most of our metrics. Tele2 was able to beat Vodafone on our overall download speed category with a score of 30.8 Mbps (as opposed to Vodafone’s 24.8 Mbps) while also winning the award for 3G latency (55 milliseconds versus 69.1ms); but when it comes to 4G availability and 3G download results the operators ended up in a fierce tie.

And finally, the ultimate award sweeper: T-Mobile. It won or tied for the win in 5 out of our 6 award categories, with super fast 4G download speeds (46.4 Mbps) paired with great LTE availability (over 90%) and the lowest 4G latency (with an average LTE round-trip connection time being 32.7 milliseconds).

For a full story, read through our coverage report: State of Mobile Networks – Netherlands.

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