As of today, Ziggo is offering superfast internet in one fell swoop to more than 22,000 households and business premises in Zutphen. Download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second are possible in the municipality as of now. In total, Ziggo supplies more than 3 million Dutch households and companies with gigabit speeds with this newest connection.
“In addition to ambitions, goals and looking ahead, there is also admiration for what’s happening in Zutphen at present. In these times in which connection is so important, the citizens of Zutphen seem to be supporting each other and coming together”, says Annelies de Jonge, alderwoman in the municipality of Zutphen. “This is important, especially now that we are all working from home more often. Our schools can also benefit from a superfast connection. And don’t forget our historic buildings. You want to offer reliable WiFi spots everywhere in the city.”
Ready for the future
"The rollout of superfast internet in the Netherlands is entirely in line with VodafoneZiggo's ambition to prepare the Netherlands for the digital future," according to 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 fastest internet speed that benefit. All connected customers also automatically benefit from a faster and more stable network connection without having to do anything."
Last year, the cable network in Zutphen was technically prepared for gigabit internet. Ziggo technicians installed more than 33,000 new connectors at home connections and replaced more than 3,080 connection cables in more than 1,760 street cabinets. A total of more than 3 kilometres of new network cabling in street cabinets and local exchanges. As a result of all these innovations, Ziggo will switch on entire cities or regions at once, instead of high-speed internet being available on a street or neighbourhood basis.
97% signal via fibre optic cables
Ziggo's fixed network is a typical hybrid network that consists of fibre optic and coaxial cables. An average of 97% of the route taken by the internet signal from the data centre to a house connection runs through the Ziggo network via fibre optic cables. Only the last part, from the neighbourhood to the living room, goes via coaxial cables. Ziggo applies DOCSIS 3.1 technology to this coaxial part, which also allows fast 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 in due course.
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 XL (Home or HBO), Ziggo Sport, Ziggo GO app and a fixed telephone connection.
Read more about GigaNet here, the powerful network of Vodafone and Ziggo.