Today, Ziggo will start offering super-fast internet with a download speed of up to 1 gigabit per second throughout Amsterdam. In one go, 600,000 households and business premises will be connected to Ziggo's existing fixed gigabit network. Including the regions of Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam, Ziggo is offering more than 1.5 million connections super-fast internet.
After Amsterdam, the following cities are scheduled: Almere, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Groningen, Heerenveen, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Nijmegen and Wageningen. By the end of 2020, Ziggo will be offering gigabit speeds to approximately 3 million households and business premises that are connected to the Ziggo network.
Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO of VodafoneZiggo: “Under the name GigaNet, the powerful network of Vodafone and Ziggo, we annually invest hundreds of millions in a stable, innovative and secure network. 'Gigabit without digging' is a key part of this. Thanks to all these investments to make our network 1 gigabit suitable, it’s not only customers who opt for the highest internet speed that benefit. All connected customers also automatically benefit from a faster and more stable network connection without having to do anything."
Recently, the Amsterdam cable network was technically prepared for gigabit internet. Ziggo technicians installed more than 820,000 new connectors for home connections and replaced more than 77,000 connection cables in 42,360 street cabinets. All together, in excess of 100 kilometres of new network cabling in street cabinets and local exchanges. Thanks to all these innovations, super-fast internet is not available per street or neighbourhood because Ziggo switches on entire cities or regions in one go.
97% signal via glass fibre
Ziggo combines glass fibre and coax in its ''hybrid'' fixed network. An average of 97% of the route taken by the internet signal from, for example, the studio to a house connection runs through the Ziggo network via glass fibre. Only the last part, from the neighbourhood to the living room, goes via coaxial cable. Ziggo applies DOCSIS 3.1 technology to this coaxial part, which also allows unlimited internet speeds with a download speed of up to 1 Gbps. This technology ensures that speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second will become possible within a few years. Upload speeds will also increase over time.
Ziggo's new 'GIGA' subscription includes: internet up to 1 Gbps download and 50 Mbps upload, the most comprehensive television channel package via the interactive Mediabox Next, Ziggo Movies & Series (Home or HBO), Ziggo Sport, Ziggo GO app and fixed telephone connection.