VodafoneZiggo has switched on its gigabit-speed DOCSIS 3.1 cable broadband network in Eindhoven, covering around 110,000 households and business premises in the Netherlands’ fifth largest city. Across Eindhoven – known as the Dutch hi-tech innovation capital – VodafoneZiggo installed 165,000 new connectors to premises and replaced more than 15,000 connection cables in nearly 9,000 street cabinets, adding more than 16,000km of additional network cabling. The switch-on followed its announcement a week ago of DOCSIS 3.1 expansion to Zutphen in Gelderland province (covering 22,000 premises) and Rijswijk in the province of South Holland (covering 28,000 premises).
VodafoneZiggo passed approximately three million households with its 1Gbps (downlink) DOCSIS 3.1 network by the start of 2021, having reached Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and various other cities/towns, representing over 40% of its total 7.3 million cable homes passed. It currently expects to achieve 80% DOCSIS 3.1 network coverage by the end of 2021, targeting total network coverage in early 2022. The operator says that each gigabit connection is on average 97%-fibre based, with each neighbourhood cabinet-to-premises link via coaxial cable.
‘Ziggo GIGA’ subscribers gain access to internet speeds of up to 1Gbps download/50Mbps upload, an IP-based fixed voice line and an extensive TV channel package via the interactive Mediabox Next, Ziggo Movies & Series XL (Home or HBO), Ziggo Sport and the Ziggo GO TV app. The company says that download speeds up to 10Gbps will be possible in the coming years while upload speeds ‘will also increase over time’.