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Friday, February 27, 2004


Netherlands: "Fibre project refits Dutch 'ground zero'"

The New Zealand Herald does a better job of covering broadband than any other traditional English language newspaper; their latest interesting article profiles a FTTH (fiber to the home) project halfway around the world in Holland.

Several years ago, over 2000 homes were destroyed in the Dutch town of Enschede by an explosion at the nearby Roombeek fireworks factory. Now CasaNet, backed by two local housing corporations, is deploying dark fiber for FTTH providers to offer services in the newly rebuilt sections of Enschede. Eventually CasaNet expects to extend fiber to 25,000 homes.

The first service provider to use the network, Concepts ICT, is offering a triple play of voice, video and data for 60 euros per month (about $75 U.S.).

KPN, the incumbent Dutch telco, initially opposed the project. Now, "... while KPN started out claiming CasaNet would not be able to deliver the service, Kamphius [a CasaNet officer] said the financially troubled telco was now negotiating to run its services over the fibre network."


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