Ziggo extends Wi-Fi hotspot trial

Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to extend its existing Wi-Fi hotspot trial across the city of Groningen. The trial, which uses Ziggo’s installed base of cable modems to create public Wi-Fi hotspots, will initially extend hotspot functionality to some 10,000 modems in the city from November 1, extending to 18,000 two weeks later.

Each of the 18,000 Ziggo internet customers in the trial will be able to make use of the Wi-Fi hotspots created by other modem users. Ziggo had previously carried out a small-scale pilot in some parts of Groningen.

Customers must agree for their modem/router to be partitioned with part of the bandwidth being made available to other users.