Claiming that fiber to the home (FTTH) is now accepted by “a wider audience than just the techies,” Dutch communications service provider Tele2 announced that it has begun to market FTTH-enabled broadband services in select markets.
Tele2 says its network will pass 1 million homes in the Netherlands. However, it is taking a cautious approach to its broadband services roll out, and will start with such comparatively larger markets as Leeuwarden, Enschede, Hoofddorp and Almere. The service provider will roll out services in smaller markets at a later, unspecified date.
Tele2 will offer basic TV service, symmetrical 40-Mbps Internet services, and telephony for 42.50 euros per month. Additional services – for example, more TV channels – will be available for an additional charge.
“The idea used to be that fiber is very expensive and complicated,” said Regain van der Kamp, director of consumer services at Tele2. “As we do more and more over the internet, there is a wider audience for fiber optics, but you still need people to take control."
Tele2 therefore will offer FTTH broadband connections and services on a turnkey basis. “When our fiberglass specialist walks out the door, you know immediately how well our television product works," Van der Kamp promised.