Construction of fibre optic network

A number of telecom companies are building fibre optic networks in The Hague. Optical fibre makes high speed internet possible. The municipality believes it is important for residents and businesses to get a connection to the fibre optic network.

A fibre optic network is a type of network for transmitting internet, television and telephony. Telecom companies are laying the fibre optic network neighbourhood by neighbourhood. To do this, pipes containing fibre optic cables are laid under the ground. The pavement in your street will therefore be opened up during the work. The telecom companies or the contractors they hire will always inform the neighbourhood residents in advance. They will also make sure that the street is closed up properly again. In most cases, your pavement will be closed again within 48 hours.

Companies are currently laying optical fibre in the following areas:

  • Loosduinen city district by Primevest/T-Mobile
  • Segbroek city district by Primevest/T-Mobile and KPN
  • Escamp city district (Morgenstond) by KPN
  • Haagse Hout city district (Bezuidenhout and Mariahoeve & Marlot) by KPN

Connection per house

After the work in your street is finished, a connection for the fibre optic network will be made to your house. It usually goes to the fusebox. You need to give your permission for this. It is recommended to already give your permission, even if you are not going to use the fibre optic network immediately. Once the connection to your home is ready, you can decide whether you want a subscription and if so with which company. Once you have a subscription, you pay a monthly fee for the use of the fibre optic connection.

Homeowners associations (VvEs)

Homeowners associations (Vereniging van Eigenaren, VvEs) must give permission for laying optical fibre on or in the common areas of the VvE such as along the building’s exterior wall.

Optical fibre for companies

A fibre optic network is available in all business parks in The Hague. One or more telecom companies serve their customers through the network. Companies in these areas can have their property connected to the network. To do so, they need to contact the manager of the network. The manager will calculate the costs of the connection. Companies and shops which are not located in business parks can make use of the network for residential properties.

Role of the municipality

The municipality does not lay any fibre optic networks itself. Telecom companies which lay the network determine where and when the optical fibre will be laid. They pay for the construction costs themselves. To speed up the work, the municipality is working together with these companies.

Under the Dutch Telecommunications Act, the municipality in principle must always give permission to the telecom companies to lay a fibre optic network. When granting this permission, the municipality looks at the accessibility of the neighbourhood when constructing the network. The municipality also tries to prevent any inconvenience caused by the work.

Questions or complaints

Do you have any questions or complaints about the work on the fibre optic network in your street? If so, contact the telecom company laying the optical fibre in your neighbourhood. This is Primevest/T-Mobile or KPN. If there are any problems in your street after the work, report it to the municipality through Report a problem to the municipality.

Published: 10 June 2021Modified: 22 November 2021