Neighbourhood in Utrecht the first to experience gigabit speeds
VodafoneZiggo has the ambition to switch the Netherlands over to a renewed network as of 2020, ready for gigabit speeds of more than 1,000 Mbit/s. With this investment in its mobile, optic fibre and coaxial cable networks, VodafoneZiggo has ample capacity in bandwidth and speed to handle the explosive growth in the coming years. The Oog in Al neighbourhood in Utrecht gets a first: 20 households and businesses are testing the superfast internet using the cable network during the months to come.
“The network of the future is already being built as we speak”, says Eben Albertyn, Chief Technology Officer at VodafoneZiggo. “For the speed of technological developments that bring about countless new, smart opportunities enriching our life is unprecedented. The network demands are huge, in terms of capacity, speed and reliability. Which is precisely what we are demonstrating in this pilot in Utrecht where we are increasing network speeds up to no less than 1 Gbit/s.”
Giga speeds because of Docsis 3.1
The pilot with the new cable network is based on Docsis 3.1, a technology using the existing cable TV network which is capable of offering much more network capacity than the current standard. Eventually, internet speeds can reach 5 Gbit/s for downloading and 1 Gbit/s for uploading. In addition, the connection is even more stable and secure with minimum latency (the time needed to react when data is retrieved).
Network of the future
VodafoneZiggo wants its mobile and fixed connections to converge even more. Customers will hardly notice anymore that their devices switch between fixed internet, Wi-Fi and mobile internet. To that end, a stable, smart and high-quality network is crucial with much more network capacity and faster internet connections. For this network of the future the company has initiated several pilots and partnerships on its fixed and mobile networks.