How vectoring lets you surf the Net even faster
Published on 27/04/2017 in News
The era of traditional dial-up modems and the first ADSL lines is long gone. Since 2008, we have been offering VDSL2, a highly advanced way of surfing via copper. But since we believe things can always be made a bit faster, we’ve been working hard in recent years to further optimize the copper network.
The fact is that today there are two aspects that are important:
- Firstly, the Internet speed over copper generally decreases the further you are from the street cabinet.
- Secondly, we're seeing a sharp increase in demand for bandwidth. For example, in addition to HD television there's Netflix, film downloads and video streaming (such as YouTube) to several devices in the home environment. "Deferred viewing" is also becoming more and more prevalent. All of this demands more from your connection than ever before.
That's why in January 2014 we began to roll out vectoring on our copper connections. Together with Nokia, a pioneer in this technique, we have increased the available bandwidth by many tens of percent, in many cases even doubling or tripling it.
The advantages for you
This higher bandwidth translates into better and faster services for customers: with vectoring you obtain an ultra-fast Internet connection just like that. You can also download at much higher speeds now. In optimal conditions, even line speeds of up to 100 Mbps are possible. To give you an idea, this allows you to download a whole film in HD quality in just five minutes.
Best of all, you don't have to make any adjustments in your home. All you need is a b-box 3 modem.
But how exactly does it work?
Every house in your street has a separate copper wire, which runs from a street cabinet where all the wires are neatly bundled together. But sometimes the wires cause interference for each other. It's comparable to having trouble following a conversation when you’re in a crowded, noisy room.
Vectoring addresses this problem. It removes the interference, increasing the bandwidth. We'll save you the technical details, but it’s like having a special headset which allows you to listen to music in optimal fashion because the background noise is filtered out.
Is it available everywhere?
The aim is to make vectoring available to all our customers. The progressive roll-out of vectoring, which began in 2014, has been spread out over several years. Today, most street cabinets are already equipped with the vectoring technology, and the aim is to finalize the roll-out in the spring of 2017, so all 26,000 street cabinets will be equipped with vectoring.
With our VDSL2 vectoring network, we'll be the first in the world to have rolled out this technology nationwide.