From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Portugal's Zon Multimedia is launching the Zon Net Wideband service, offering connection speeds of 100 Mbps by using a hybrid technology which combines coaxial cable and fibre optics.
Following a successful pilot in Lisbon, the service will be commercially launched for 200,000 households in Lisbon and Porto. Zon plans to make Net Wideband available to all households covered with the TV Cabo network by the end of 2009. For a monthly fee of E59.49, Zon Net Wideband offers 100 Mbps in download and 4 Mbps in upload, as well as unlimited traffic.
In order to achieve this performance, Zon introduced the EURODOCSIS 3.0 technology. The Wideband modem, according to Zon, already supports a future evolution to a fibre optic network. Users will be able to download movies in HD in only a few minutes and see the movie instantaneously.
Zon Multimedia currently has 1.5 million pay-TV subscribers, 450,000 internet users and 250,000 voice clients.