9 Dec 2019
Dutch national telco KPN said on its website that 320,000 households in Amsterdam will be connected directly to its fibre-optic network ‘in the coming years’. The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout will start in the Amsterdam-Noord and Buitenveldert neighbourhoods in Q1 2020, and other neighbourhoods will gradually follow, with the first households connected by the project switched on around mid-2020. At present, ‘more than 90,000 households’ already have access to a fibre connection from KPN in Amsterdam municipality (in Oosterparkbuurt, IJburg, Indische Buurt, De Aker, Nieuw Sloten and Osdorp).
Nationally, KPN is aiming to expand its direct fibre access network by around one million households by the end of 2021, extending its existing two million home footprint, having announced new rollouts in cities including Zwolle, Apeldoorn, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Alkmaar and The Hague, with more city announcements expected in due course. KPN says it in talks ‘with two thirds of all municipalities about the installation of fibre-optics’ and is currently rolling out fibre in more than 65 areas. The local access infrastructure is provided on an open basis, i.e. the end user can subscribe to various service providers over their fibre connection, with options dependant on local competition.