Dutch telco KPN’s wholesale open network division KPN NetworkNL has begun work on shutting down legacy copper local network infrastructure and migrating customers to end-to-end fibre-optic services in its first two areas, Zwolle Stadshagen and Eersel Centrum. In four other selected areas – Amsterdam IJburg, Bergeijk, Bennekom and Eibergen – work will start later this year, according to the operator’s website. KPN NetworkNL (formerly known as Reggefiber) aims to switch off the copper PSTN when all residents in a selected area are connected to fibre and all end-user services have been transferred by providers, with a target of 1 April 2020 ‘at the latest’ in the first two named areas. The announcement added that ‘most homes and businesses’ in the initial chosen zones already have a fibre connection point available.
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