KPN will stop in April 2010 in six areas with copper network services




KPN is starting a pilot in which, in six areas, it will largely stop providing services via its own copper lines. The customers can then use the fiber-optic network present in these areas. These are six areas where the copper network has not been upgraded.

KPN says that the pilot is also intended to test the approach of the migration from copper to ftth and gain experience. The company thinks this is necessary because it is contemplating terminating the services of the copper connection lines in the so-called overlay areas in the coming years, in favor of services via the existing fiber optic networks. Overlay areas is the term for areas where most addresses still use the copper network, while ftth is also available there.

It concerns the following six areas: Zwolle Stadshagen, Amsterdam IJburg, Bergeijk, Eibergen, Eersel-Centrum and Bennekom. There the services will be terminated via the buyer as of 1 April 2020. The provider reports that it may require extra effort to let customers move in the six areas concerned, as KPN believes that many have not consciously opted for ftth.

A KPN spokesperson said that the six areas had been chosen specifically because there is still a relatively outdated copper network in which no upgrades have been implemented. That means that the speed there will not go much further than 50Mbit / s. KPN will continue elsewhere just to complete the upgrades for the copper network, involving Vplus and pair bonding.

It is not known whether customers can keep their old conditions partly or entirely during a transfer; these kinds of practical matters are not yet clear and are part of the pilot. Obviously, switchers will at least be able to face much higher upload speeds, since they are often equal to the maximum download speed for fiber optics.

At the end of September in the market analysis decision Wholesale Fixed Access , the ACM not only announced that VodafoneZiggo should open up its cable network to competitors, but also that KPN is no longer obliged to maintain the copper network in those areas where it also has a fiber optic network. KPN must then ensure that providers that also use KPN’s copper network can continue to offer their services.

On Wednesday , KPN announced that it is going to cut costs , which in the period from 2019 to 2021 should result in savings of at least 350 million euros. The company also wants to invest more in fiber optics; by 2021, a million new households must have ftth. This can be seen as a change of direction, as KPN, after the takeover of Reggefiber in 2014, put the further roll-out of optical fiber on the back burner . The company will, partly due to Ziggo’s recent plans for 5Gbit / s connections , have concluded that continuing to upgrade the copper lines in the longer term is insufficiently enough.


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