KPN of the Netherlands launched its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband internet service on 1 March 2020 as planned, doubling its previously available consumer download speed. An initial 1.2 million addresses are covered by the gigabit service, in municipalities such as Baarn, Barneveld, Bilthoven, Culemborg, Doetinchem, Emmeloord, Emmen, Houten, Huizen and Noordwijk, plus parts of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and The Hague. By end-2021, KPN expects all its fibre-optic customers to have access to the 1Gbps option.
A gigabit broadband package is initially on offer for EUR65 (USD72.20) a month. Peak upload speed is currently capped at 500Mbps, but KPN’s press release states that the upstream data rate will also be boosted to 1Gbps by the end of 2020.
KPN has also begun its first ‘live demo’ of 5G at its ‘XL’ shop in Rotterdam where visitors can try out a 5G connection on the new LG V60 smartphone and compare it with 4G services. KPN plans to add local indoor 5G demo connections at other shops in due course. At the end of 2019 KPN announced ‘5G-ready’ mobile subscriber packages, whilst the first 5G-capable devices are available in KPN stores, in anticipation of the first commercial 5G network sections going live later this year.