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References

The customers of Broadband Academy GmbH include telecommunication service providers who are active regionally and supra-regionally, municipalities, and counties as well as telecommunication network operators who operate on a national and international level. With great emphasis on discretion, we would be pleased to provide you with relevant references on request and, upon prior consultation, with our existing customers.

An excerpt of our anonymized references, which reflects on our wide range of consulting services, can be found below.
 

Information

Information

Successful investment in broadband networks in rural areas 

Press release from: Broadband Academy GmbH

New study by Broadband Academy

 

In view of the high investment costs, private market players are confronted with the challenge of insufficient project profitability when it comes to coverage and further development of the connection to enable high-speed Internet, especially in sparsely populated areas. Broadband Academy is therefore conducting a study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with the aim of investigating implementation models for establishment of such networks in rural areas, which are not primarily aimed at providing public grants but for the economical return of the investments.

The study conducted in cooperation with Dr. Muth & Partner GbR (Fulda), a renowned law firm, focuses on the question of the factors that are decisive for the success of grant-free investment projects for high-performance networks in suburban and rural areas in Germany as well as the recommendations that can hereby be derived. The study focuses on the realization of high-performance connections with a speed of at least 50 Mbit/s (NGA) in areas with a population density of less than 200 inhabitants per square kilometer or municipalities with less than 50,000 residents.

Tobias Tippelt, CEO of Broadband Academy GmbH, explains, “The study is intended as a compendium that particularly addresses decision-makers in municipalities and private investors tasked with expansion of NGA infrastructures in rural and suburban areas”. For this particular target group, the study provides valuable background knowledge and hence improves the general understanding of the entire relationships. Readers of the study report can therefore evaluate and approach investment projects for the development of high-speed networks in a more structured manner.

The study can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (www.zukunft-breitband.de).
 

Direkter Downloadlink: http://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Anlage/ZukunftBreitband/studie-erfolgve...

 

The press release was published on openPR.

 

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In order to save costs in expansion of NGA communication infrastructures, many municipalities are required to lay the necessary conduits while at the same time expanding other infrastructures. One crucial first step in this case is to sensitize the municipalities on the fact that synergies can only be used to a limited extent without their active involvement. Besides the municipalities’ own initiatives, cooperation with supply and disposal companies should also be intensified on the ground since the developer must be involved with the  planning of the NGA development directly to achieve the aspired cost savings because a subsequent development discards corresponding synergies.

So, what exactly can a municipality or city do when road restoration or construction of new buildings or roads is planned? What are the right systems when it comes to laying of conduits? When and where is this advisable?

Broadband Academy has therefore developed a special training that aims to answer these questions at an early stage and hence help resolve this hardship, which very easily overburdens players who have never before dealt with broadband expansion. The training on “Helping lay conduits for municipalities” addresses the special knowhow needed by those responsible in municipal administrations who are tasked with coordinating the laying of the conduits. In addition to purely technical information in relation to conduit systems, the training also covers aspects of network infrastructure and network operation.

Broadband Academy has so far managed to assist a large number of municipal employees carry out their tasks successfully within the framework of the required coordination of laying conduits, thus contributing to increased cost savings through synergies.
 

Projects

Projects

In 2012, the Federal Network Agency began to regulate the guaranteed access of all telecom operators in the so-called last mile. A draft decision established that Deutsche Telekom will still have to grant its competitors access to the subscriber line (TAL). However, they may decline under certain conditions to allow the company or a competitor there to use the so-called new Vectoring technology.

This is also known as VDSL Vectoring, a VDSL technique that allows for higher transmission rates in copper cables than through VDSL. Theoretically, up to 100 Mbit/s download speed and 40 Mbit/s upload speed can be attained. One disadvantage of Vectoring is that every cable splitter can only be used by one provider. With the draft decision in 2012, the network agency was responding to Telekom’s request to deny competitors’ last mile access in order to use the Vectoring technique itself.

Broadband Academy was requested by a state ministry to draft a comprehensive report that presents and discusses both the technological and regulatory implications of the aforementioned draft decision. This report was used by the ministry as an information basis on the individual facts and commented on the draft decision of the Federal Network Agency correspondingly.

Projects

A wide range of measures and involvement of different regional companies made it possible to launch a project to ensure large-scale basic supply of broadband access in a large rural region in Germany. In the next step, the aim was to lay down an infrastructure or operating company to build a high-speed network for a total of five cooperating counties through a specially initiated cluster. This project entails analyzing and choosing appropriate network concepts and business models in order to open the way for the next step, i.e. the implementation. The business model to be defined within the framework of this analysis should be based on the creation of infrastructures following an open access approach, which will allow for later integration of all regional and supra-regional telecommunication providers.

Since the development of the aforementioned aspects requires a high degree of specific telecommunications expertise, the technical coordination and supervision by an external consultant is crucial. This, and the need for network design, planning, business and legal skills, is the background against which Broadband Academy was able to take over this challenging project.

Broadband Academy then laid the foundations for the subsequent project implementation based on a comprehensive feasibility study. In addition to the announced business model, the corresponding financing models and legal aspects were also worked out. On the basis of this implementation model, Broadband Academy then oversaw the actual project implementation, in particular the financing discussions, the necessary tendering procedures incl. all the necessary aid and licensing aspects, the establishing of an infrastructure company, and the establishment of the necessary organizational structure.

The implementation of this project will ensure broadband coverage at the NGA level for a total of about 380,000 households. Thus, Broadband Academy was able to actively contribute to the development of future-oriented communications infrastructure for a large region in Germany.