Houseboat gets world's first fibre glass internet connection

19th February 2008, Comments 2 comments

An Amsterdam houseboat was the first household in the world to get a fibre glass internet connection, Dutch internet provider Alice said on Tuesday.

19 February 2008

AMSTERDAM - An Amsterdam houseboat was the first household in the world to get a fibre glass internet connection, Dutch internet provider Alice said on Tuesday.

The houseboat is located close to Amsterdam city centre.

Amsterdam and Rotterdam are developing a glass fibre network. All homes in the city should have a glass fibre internet connection within the next few years.

Glass fibre internet connections are substantially faster than regular broadband connections, such as ADSL and cable, due to an apparently unlimited bandwidth.

Glass fibre networks also enable high-quality digital television as well as telephone traffic.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

2 Comments To This Article

  • Patrick posted:

    on 19th February 2008, 18:12:06 - Reply

    I think the term is fibre optic. And somebody really ought to let the large number of houses in the US that have been wired with it for years know they aren't first...

    Somebody needs a tech editor.
  • Dave posted:

    on 19th February 2008, 15:39:17 - Reply

    FYI, "fibre glass" and "glass fibre" are NOT the same things.

    You could probably BUILD a houseboat with the former, but you certainly couldn't use it to download pr0n.