VodafoneZiggo, Liberty Global’s Dutch subsidiary, has become the first company in the world to conduct a DOCSIS 4.0 test on a live network, bringing faster, more reliable and secure internet access to customers in the coming years.

Tested over the live Ziggo network earlier this month, VodafoneZiggo anticipates DOCSIS 4.0 – alongside other network modifications – will significantly grow network capacity. DOCSIS 4.0 is designed to provide higher data transmission speeds, enabling faster download and upload rates for internet users.

Eben Albertyn, Executive Director of Technology at VodafoneZiggo, said:

“We consistently continue to invest in our networks in order to continue providing the best customer experience on both mobile and fixed networks. Customers increasingly want more reliable internet; they want to be connected to multiple devices at the same time, at home and on the go. The capacity of the network is so large that it is almost unimaginable what you can do with it.”

Leo-Geert van den Berg, Director of Fixed Networks at VodafoneZiggo, said:

“With the use of DOCSIS 4.0 in the network, we are going to provide even greater service reliability and more capacity, which will make even more bandwidth available for all internet and entertainment services on the network.”

The DOCSIS 4.0 trial was conducted at the company’s TEC Campus in Amsterdam, where technicians test network innovations. VodafoneZiggo is the first provider in the world to run a DOCSIS 4.0 demo over a live network. It says its latest test showed that network capacity will significantly increase in the coming years.

Advancements in internet technology are developing quickly as the demand for high-speed connections grow. Within the Liberty Global footprint, DOCSIS 4.0 and fibre, which both offer seamless, reliable and fastest network speeds, are paving the way to next generation connectivity.

Our broadband networks serve over 31 million homes in six markets, all of which will reach 10 gigabit speeds over the next few years, either through upgrades to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or by using a combination of FTTH, DOCSIS and hybrid-fibre, based on the geography and infrastructure in each area.

In the Netherlands, for example, VodafoneZiggo has over 40,000 kilometres of fibre in the ground nationwide. Most of the distance travelled by internet data passes through this network, with the final leg to the customer via coax cable. At the end of 2022, VodafoneZiggo was the first provider in the country to provide one gigabit per second internet speeds.