VodafoneZiggo has announced the launch of gigabit broadband speeds to 650,000 households and businesses across eleven new cities in The Netherlands. It follows similar announcements in Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and takes the number of gigabit connections in The Netherlands to more than 2 million.

The eleven news cities that will have access to speeds of up to 1Gbps include; Groningen, Apeldoorn, Almere, Zaanstad, Lelystad, Haarlem, Leeuwarden, Alkmaar, Purmerend, Weesp and Heerenveen.

By the end of 2020, VodafoneZiggo will offer gigabit speeds to approximately 3 million households and businesses that are connected to the Ziggo network.

Alderman for Economic Affairs of the Municipality of Groningen, Paul de Rook said: “The Municipality of Groningen is one of the leading digital cities in the Netherlands. We expect that data growth will increase enormously in the coming years, not only due to more intensive use of the internet, but also due to developments such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence. It is important that every household in our municipality has access to a good and reliable network, especially in these times when people are working from home more and more. This rollout of fast internet fits in well.”

“The rollout of super-fast internet in the Netherlands is entirely in line with VodafoneZiggo’s ambition to prepare the Netherlands for the digital future”, says Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO VodafoneZiggo: “Under the name GigaNet, the powerful network of Vodafone and Ziggo, we invest hundreds of millions each year in a stable, innovative and secure network.”

The rollout of Liberty Global’s next generation broadband network is accelerating throughout Europe. Gigabit speeds are now commercially available to more than 15 million homes and businesses across Europe and will enable customers to download a High Definition film in just 48 seconds, compared with 16 minutes with a 50 Mbps connection, 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.

Read more about VodafoneZiggo’s GigaNet.