Today, Ziggo will start simultaneously providing high-speed internet with a download speed of up to 1 gigabit per second to eleven cities: Groningen, Apeldoorn, Almere, Zaanstad, Lelystad, Haarlem, Leeuwarden, Alkmaar, Purmerend, Weesp and Heerenveen. In one go more than 650,000 households and business premises will be connected to Ziggo's existing fixed gigabit network. If you include the Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam regions, Ziggo is providing more than 2 million high-speed internet connections.
This year even more cities are scheduled to roll out gigabit internet, including Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen. By the end of 2020, Ziggo will be providing gigabit speeds to approximately 3 million households and business premises connected to the Ziggo network.
Wim Willems councillor for the municipality of Apeldoorn: "Increasing internet speed on Ziggo's network will bring Apeldoorn's ambition one step closer to fruition, i.e. making fast internet available to everyone in our municipality by 2022. We are now experiencing the growing importance of a fast internet connection on a daily basis. While working at home, participating in education and, in the private sphere, when streaming films or playing games. In addition, Apeldoorn is future proof and ready for new applications and the sharing of large amounts of data, something that can make our city an even nicer place to live in".
Recently, the cable network in these 11 cities was technically prepared for gigabit internet. Ziggo technicians installed more than 936,000 new connectors at home connections and replaced more than 87,000 connection cables in more than 50,000 street cabinets. A total of more than 93 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 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.