Tag: Baden-Württemberg

Integrating next-generation Internet in to a natural-gas rollout project in Germany

Mehr VDSL im Raum Bopfingen – VDSL.de (Germany – German language)

My comments

Just lately, the German VDSL2 next-generation broadband Internet network could be increasing its footprint in parts of Bopfingen, a small city in Baden-Württemberg. The intended scope is to cover the communities of Pfaumloch, Goldburghausen and Utzmemmingen

This is intended to be part of a natural-gas rollout project that is servicing the neighbourhood and this project would provide the opportunity to lay down a fibre-optic backbone to service this same area with VDSL2 next-generation Internet service.

The Bundesregierung (German federal government) were intending to offer to underpin this project at a cost of 450k Euro.

There is some resentment about the VDSL deployment in Goldburghaussen because of the perceived extra expense that the fibre-optic backbone would cause. It is more so for a small VDSL2 deployment which covers fewer “doors” than the other deployments in this region because the economies of scale don’t exist in these locations. This is although Goldburghaussen could increase its VDSL2 service demand due to business wanting to set up where there is the “full-on” next-generation Internet.

There is public money going towards this project, especially from the Bundesregierung as previously detailed. But the main feature that I liked of this project is that it is intended to be part of an already-funded infrastructure-rollout project i.e. the gas rollout where similar work is being done, thus avoiding the need to put up more of the public money just to perform new works for this project.

It should still be subject to competitive access requirements so that there is the ability to deliver competitively-priced service.

Therefore I would support the concurrent deployment if next-generation Internet service with a major customer-facing infrastructure project like a natural-gas rollout or power-cable undergrounding project.

Increased VDSL activity in Baden-Württenberg

Telekom: VDSL-Ausbau in BaWü geplant (VDSL service in Baden-Württemberg planned) | VDSL.de (Germany – German language)

My comments and translated notes from this story

There is some increased VDSL deployment activity occurring in Baden-Wurttemberg with an intent to make sure it is “switched on” in Crailsheim, Satteldorf and Rudolfsberg by June-August 2011 (north-hemisphere Summer). I have used Google Maps to have a look at these towns and found that these are the small country towns with Rudolfsberg being a village.

Deutsche Telekom will be needing to lay 70km worth of new fibre-optic cable and install the necessary VDSL2 switch-boxes to provide this service to the three towns.

At the moment, they would need to have 2000 potential subscribers registering interest for VDSL2 service in these three towns by the beginning Dec 2010 and want to run with their “Call & Surf Comfort VDSL” telephone+Internet plan as the preferred deal.

This plan which is worth €44.95 / month yields inclusive telephone calling to German landlines and VDSL Internet use with a bandwidth of 25Mbps standard or 50Mbps for €5 extra.

What would be interesting to know is whether all of these communities will achieve the 2000-potential-customer goal in order to see more of rural Baden-Württenberg become covered with VDSL2. It would also be interest to find out whether any of the rural VDSL2 services in Germany do make the contract bandwidths. This may be more likely because of that country being one who operates on precision and excellence and the telephony infrastructure being kept in high order.