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Amsterdam gets two fiberglass networks

According to an item in Dutch newspaper “Het Parool,” next year Amsterdammers will be able to choose between two fiberglass networks for their internet connections.

The city of Amsterdam is building Citynet – in large part to give people a true alternative to Chello, the broadband offering of cable TV firm UPC. The cable network used to belong to the city in the first place, but it was sold to UPC under condition of certain promises regarding price and quality. That the city now finds it necessary to provide an alternative is an indication as to what happened with those promises.

That said, the city’s investment is also made with an eye toward the many national and international companies located in Amsterdam.

National phone company KPN says if streets are being dug up anyway, they might as well put their fibreglass cables in as well. That much common sense is quite rare.

KPN wants to see all offices and residences hooked up to superfast internet by 2009. In those areas where fiberglass is considered to be too expensive, subscribers will get an VDSL connection – a pimped up version of ADSL.

Meanwhile UPC has announced the company will provide its customers with new modems later this year in order to be able to provide higher online speeds.

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This post was last updated: Aug. 26, 2006