KPN and the Municipality of Nijkerk (hamlet of Appel-Driedorp Huinen) will be testing new technology that can considerably improve the Internet bandwidth of residents in outlying areas of the Netherlands. To achieve this, KPN is combining the bandwidth of the fixed network with that of the mobile 4G network, resulting in decidedly improved user experiences of ‘fixed Internet’ access. This test is in keeping with KPN’s extra efforts aimed at creating a fast Internet connection for all of the Netherlands – including remote areas – as quickly as possible.
KPN tests innovative technologyIn coming months, around 200 KPN customers in the outlying areas of Nijkerk will be testing this innovative technology. Their Internet speed will increase considerably, enabling them to easily use all Internet services and interactive TV, as well as new TV features. The bandwidth connection uses the fixed network. Smart technology is used to switch on the capacity of the mobile network once the maximum capacity of the fixed network has been reached. As part of this, KPN’s Experiabox router is being expanded with an extra unit to convert the mobile 4G signal as an extra boost for data transfer.
Testing will start in April 2017 and take several months. KPN will then evaluate the field test to determine whether the technology should be rolled out on a larger scale in the future.