KPN achieves 80 Mbps over copper with VDSL, vectoring

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Netherlands-based telco KPN continues to make progress with its wholesale vectoring service rollout, extending the technology to 29 of its existing VDSL "Outer Rings."

This deployment, which was the first part of a pilot fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) project, enabled nearly all of its existing copper lines to achieve 80/8 and 50/5 Mbps speeds.

Beginning in March, KPN said it plans to upgrade its remaining VDSL Outer Rings with vectoring initially installed in smaller street cabinets. When it completes the upgrade by the end of next year, 1.6 million locations in the Netherlands will be able to access the faster speed tiers.

In 2010, KPN installed VDSL equipment in 660 cabinets that currently support only part of its services portfolio. The telco plans to upgrade these sites in Q3 and Q4 2014 to offer standard VDSL services.

Outside of the Netherlands, KPN has been actively rolling out VDSL2 in Belgium through a wholesale arrangement with Belgacom, an early advocate of the technology.

Besides VDSL, KPN is making progress with its fiber to the home (FTTH) service rollout, offering eligible customers 500 Mbps symmetrical speeds via Gigabit fiber technology in new areas. It plans to extend the 500 Mbps FTTH service to existing parts of the country where it currently offers symmetrical 100 Mbps service using Ethernet over Fiber (EoF) technology. 

KPN conducted a trial of the Gigabit over Fiber (GoF) technology in 2012 in three locations: the Amsterdam-area development IJburg and the towns of Nunspeet and Wells. During that pilot KPN "looked at the evolution of the migrations between the different technologies."

For more:
- see the VDSL release
- and the FTTH release

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