KPN ramps up FTTH rollout to 1 million new households

Created January 14, 2019
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Dutch operator KPN has begun rolling out FTTH in the Netherlands, aiming to connect one million premises by the end of 2021, representing some 40% of the country’s households. The operator says it plans to connect 6,500 households per month, starting in the Zwolle North-East region.

Specifically, KPN is accelerating its rollout of fibre optics, starting in Arnhem’s Spijkerkwartier, De Biezen in Dongen, in Helvoirt and in Zwolle North-East. Currently, KPN has connected around 30% of households in the Netherlands to its fibre optic network, which is more than 2.3 million addresses.

“Today, we start the accelerated rollout with the aim of connecting another one million households within three years to fibre, the network of the future,” says Babak Fouladi, chief technology and digital officer at KPN. “This will allow us to serve our customers better and give them access to a rapid gigabit connection that is also stable and fast during busy periods, thanks to the superior infrastructure.”

KPN NetwerkNL, the operator’s infrastructure arm, will be responsible for the installation and management of KPN’s fixed network. Since it is an open network, in addition to KPN, other providers can offer services via the network. The rollout will take place throughout the Netherlands, but residents in Zwolle North-East that will be connected to the fibre network are expected to receive their services starting April 2019.

In addition to the FTTH rollout, in 2019 KPN aims to complete its programme of Fibre to the Curb in the Netherlands. This program will bring fibre to around 500,000 Dutch households.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.