The Netherlands’ largest broadband operator by subscribers VodafoneZiggo has selected Hirschmann Multimedia to provide active networking hardware based on Radio Frequency-over-Glass (RFoG) technology to support the rollout of direct fibre connections to premises in new-build residential areas – a departure from its usual HFC (fibre/coaxial) connections. VodafoneZiggo’s Leo-Geert van den Berg explained the new strategy: ‘For each situation, we make a choice on a type of infrastructure. If it concerns two new houses in an existing neighbourhood, the existing coax structure is most likely to be used. If a new neighbourhood that includes over a hundred houses is built on the edge of a city, then fibre-optic cables are the obvious choice. This offers more opportunities for the future.’
The first RFoG rollout has begun in Rotterdam, in an area around the Zalmhaven, with projects in The Hague and Arnhem to follow later this year. In 2022 VodafoneZiggo plans to establish direct fibre-optic connections to ‘thousands’ of homes.
Dick Kroon, CEO of Hirschmann Multimedia, said: ‘Following an intensive succession of tests and evaluations, the first network hardware has been delivered. In accordance with the latest RFoG technologies, these products are entirely transparent and able to automatically transition from the current DOCSIS 3.0 to making full use of the DOCSIS 3.1 standard. This means that VodafoneZiggo is able to deliver its GigaNet anywhere and anytime, without making physical changes to its network or visiting the consumer’s home. Additionally, some spare capacity is built in for future growth in the network.’