The Netherlands’ largest fixed broadband provider by subscriptions VodafoneZiggo announced the completion of its DOCSIS 3.1 technology rollout across its entire HFC cable access network on 13 December 2022. The deployment enabling 1Gbps (download) internet connections for over 7.3 million premises began three years ago in Utrecht and finished this week with a rollout for 21,000 households and businesses in Soest.
In the project, the company’s technicians replaced over 7.3 million connectors, 1.7 million connection cables and 441,000 amplifiers in street cabinets throughout the country. VodafoneZiggo has over 40,000km of fibre-optics in the ground nationwide, with most of the distance travelled by internet data passing through fibre and the final leg to the customer via coaxial cable.
According to CEO Jeroen Hoencamp: ‘Downloading at 1Gbps is actually just the start. We’ll be testing DOCSIS 4.0 early next year. This will allow us to easily progress to a download speed of 10Gbps and an upload speed of more than 1Gbps. These speeds aren’t needed at this stage; after all, there are no current applications that require that much capacity and speed. But with our network, we’ll be ready for them.’
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