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August 30, 2006
THE HAGUE, the Netherlands -- KPN will launch three trials of new broadband (VDSL2) technology in Den Haag, Diemen and Enschede in the fourth quarter of 2006. It is an important step forward in the rollout of the All IP program to bring fiber to every neighbourhood in The Netherlands.The network trials are completely open to other competitors to enable them to test the new technology and to trial their own broadband services with customers.
In the three pilot areas, KPN will replace over 100 junction boxes and connect the new junction boxes with fiber. Each junction box can connect between 200 and 400 houses. Even though the copper wire will remain in the ground between the junction box and the house, the VDSL2 technology will provide the users at home with speeds of up to 30Mbps.
Eelco Blok, Board of Management member for the Fixed Division of KPN commented on the trials “We’re really interested in the outcome - how will consumers use the new broadband services that will be provided by KPN and by the other service providers in the trials? Online gaming, video sites, photo sharing and social networking sites are being used by millions of people in the Netherlands every day. And new social services like interactive internet healthcare are also gaining ground. In short, we want to learn from our customer’s experiences over the next few months.”
KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)
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