The services are being rolled out in partnership with the SaaS experience platform provider Plume, which Liberty Global has invested in since 2014 through its investment arm Liberty Global Ventures.
All told, more than two million customers of VodafoneZiggo in The Netherlands will be able to access the service from August 23 and 850,000 UPC Poland customers will receive it at the end of the month.
It will enable them to set up an adaptive mesh WiFi network, which automatically switches to the best frequency, chooses the optimal WiFi access point and optimises the signal according to use in the home or office. Together with Plume’s smart WiFi pod designs, users will be able to get a fully-optimised WiFi signal wherever they are in the home.
Liberty Global’s Connect App – known as the SmartWiFi app in The Netherlands and the UPC Connect App in Poland – will enable them to easily install the pods, while Plume’s adaptive WiFi software and AI-algorithms constantly optimize the network via the cloud to deliver the best experience possible on every device.
The pos are available for rental (EUR1.25 for one, 2.50 for two or 3.75 for three; per month), or for sale (EUR59 for one, EUR99 for two, up to EUR257 for five).
It follows a similar launch in the UK in January, when Virgin Media introduced its Intelligent WiFi Plus service to all its customers.