As of 11 February, Ziggo will start offering superfast internet with a download speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second in the entire The Hague region. The region includes the cities of The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam, Voorburg, Wassenaar and Nootdorp.
More than 382,000 households can immediately switch over to this fast internet connection. As the Ziggo network is already in place, it will not be necessary to dig up any roads (or gardens). After Utrecht and Hilversum, The Hague will be the third city to be equipped with Gigabit speeds. By the end of 2020, about half of the 7.2 million households that are currently connected to the Ziggo network, can benefit from the Giga package.
A speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second is roughly ten times the average 100 Mbps connection in the Netherlands. It enables entire families to watch 4K films and TV programmes on multiple devices simultaneously as well as download them superfast. An HD film of 5GB can be downloaded in 42 seconds, whereas it takes over 7 minutes with a normal internet connection.
Ready for the future
"The roll-out of superfast internet in the Netherlands fits VodafoneZiggo's ambition to ready the Netherlands for the digital future", says Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO VodafoneZiggo. "With GigaNet, the powerful network of Vodafone and Ziggo, as the common denominator we invest hundreds of millions of euros each year in a stable and innovative network. 'Gigabit without digging' is an important part of that. By the end of 2020, we will have the Giga package available to 1.7 million of our approximately 4 million customers." Next to The Hague, Utrecht and Hilversum are also equipped with 'Giga'. Later this year, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Groningen, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Wageningen will follow.
97% through optical fibre
Ziggo combines fiberglass and coax in its network. The internet signal of an individual household is for 97% transmitted by optical fibre. Only the last 3 percent, from the neighbourhood to the living room, is transmitted by coaxial cable. To this coaxial part Ziggo is now adding the new DOCSIS 3.1 technology. In this way, superfast internet is not made available on a street or neighbourhood level, but in one go on the level of entire cities or regions. Within the next ten years, this technology will enable speeds of up to an impressive 10 Gigabit per second.
Ziggo’s latest subscription option called 'Giga' offers internet with up to 1 Gbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds, the most extensive TV channel package with the interactive Mediabox Next, Movies & Series, Ziggo Sport, Ziggo GO app and a fixed telephone connection. An attractive discount applies to new as well as existing customers. All the benefits of Gigabit speed are as of now also available to small and medium sized enterprise customers.