Ziggo have announced they will now be offering superfast internet with a download speed of up to 1 gigabit per second in Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Hoogvliet, Pernis and Rozenburg. By the end of 2020, Ziggo will be providing gigabit speeds to over fifty percent of the 7.2 million connections to its network.
Over 370,000 households and companies in Rotterdam can switch over to this gigabit internet connection without delay. This doesn’t require digging up streets and gardens, since the fibre-coaxial network of Ziggo is already in place. A speed of up to 1 gigabit per second is tenfold the average 100 Mbps connection in the Netherlands.
After Utrecht, Hilversum and The Hague, it is now Rotterdam’s turn to benefit from gigabit speeds. This now adds up to over 1 million connections in the Netherlands.
The roll out of Liberty Global’s next generation broadband network is accelerating throughout Europe, with Rotterdam becoming the 24th city within its footprint to offer Gigabit speeds. These speeds are now commercially available to more than eight million homes and businesses across Europe and will allow customers to download an Ultra High Definition 4K film at a dramatically higher rate, and use multiple streaming devices at the same time. It also opens up a world of possibilities, including cloud-based gaming, 8K streaming, remote health monitoring and advanced telepresence, which could enable consumers to go ‘virtual reality shopping’ or watch live broadcasts of holographic sports events.
In 2019 the Rotterdam cable network was technically prepared for gigabit internet. Ziggo servicemen installed more than 560,000 new connectors in people’s homes and replaced over 53,000 connector cables in 29,214 street cabinets. This amounted to more than 70 kilometers of new network cabling in street cabinets and district switches. Due to these upgrades, superfast internet can be switched on by Ziggo for entire cities or regions in one go.
Ready for the future
“The rollout of superfast internet in the entire Netherlands fits VodafoneZiggo’s ambition to ready the country for the digital future”, says Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO VodafoneZiggo. “Under the label of GigaNet, the powerful network of Vodafone and Ziggo, we invest hundreds of millions each year in a stable and innovative network and ‘gigabit without digging’ is an important part of that.” Besides Rotterdam, the cities of Utrecht, Hilversum, The Hague and Delft already have ‘GIGA’ at their disposal. Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Groningen, Nijmegen, Tilburg and Wageningen will follow soon.