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Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch

Ray Le Maistre
LR Cable News Analysis
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief
9/16/2008
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Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) has launched a 120 Mbit/s broadband service in the Netherlands using EuroDocsis 3.0 gear, and says it plans to roll out the equipment and launch similar services throughout Europe in the coming 15 months. (See UPC Deploys EuroDocsis 3.0.)

The company's UPC Netherlands business, which passes 2.7 million homes and has more than 660,000 broadband customers, has launched its new "Fiber Power" service in a handful of locations, including Amsterdam, and will roll it out through the rest of the country during the next few months, reaching all of its customers by next year, says a company spokesman.

The service, which the company has developed with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), is being offered with a 120 Mbit/s top speed, though a package with a maximum downlink speed of 60 Mbit/s is also available. Previously the cable operator's fastest broadband service was 24 Mbit/s.

The company has been showing off the service at the IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam, which ended today. To illustrate the speed of the service, UPC showed how high-definition video streaming services had a very short buffering time before delivering high-quality, uninterrupted content, and also demonstrated the speed of large file downloads.

And now it plans to roll out the EuroDocsis 3.0 service across Europe, with plans to launch the high-speed service in Austria and Switzerland before the end of the year, and then throughout its other European operations, in markets such as Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, and Slovakia, before the end of 2009.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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12/5/2012 | 3:32:05 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Hi NoCopper
thanks for the message.

My fault - I have reworked that part of the article to show that the new EuroDocsis gear is being used to provide two tiers of broadband service, one with a top downlink speed of 120 Mbit/s and another with a top speed of 60 Mbit/s.

Not sure on upstream - will see if I can get that data point.

Ray
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12/5/2012 | 3:32:05 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Please, can anybody explain the difference between Top Rate and Top Speed to those who are not so familiar with DOCSIS. What bandwidth does the subscriber actually get downstream and upstream from this service?
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12/5/2012 | 3:32:04 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
10 Mb/s Upload for the 120 Download
& 6 Mb/s Upload for the 60 Download

So a big disadvantage to Fibre, which is symmetrical
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12/5/2012 | 3:32:04 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Liberty Global just gave me those uplink numbers too, as well as prices.

The 120/10 Mbit/s service is Gé¼80 per month, while the 60/6 Mbit/s service is Gé¼60 per month.

Ray
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12/5/2012 | 3:32:03 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Hi Kingcharles,

"So a big disadvantage to Fibre, which is symmetrical"

No one actually wants "symmetrical" service. What people want is the bandwidth they need, in the direction they need, at the time they need it. A dynamic bandwidth amount/direction service would be more cost efficient for virtually everyone.

Thanks,

Steve.
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12/5/2012 | 3:31:53 PM
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re: "A dynamic bandwidth amount/direction service would be more cost efficient for virtually everyone."

Too bad no one makes such a device today, right stephencooke? Or do they? Hmmm...

(Seriously, how's things?)
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12/5/2012 | 3:31:51 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Hi Phil,

We are in the process of raising our development round... this has gotten far more interesting thanks to Lehman, etc. The technology is good and the story keeps getting better so we are hopeful. Development starts next month and we have a field trial with a major ISP next summer.

Thanks,

Steve.
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12/5/2012 | 3:31:42 PM
re: Liberty Takes 120 Mbit/s to the Dutch
Steve,

If you can deliver this technology then this is good news to a lot of providers I am sure.
Up to now it has proven that the upload speed is the restricting/annoyance factor for a lot of users.
At least it is over here (The Netherlands). I am aware that we are a bit more ahead in our usage then most other parts of the world and spoiled with the ammount of fibre access.
So a trial in NL might not be a bad idea too.

regards, KC
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