Local authorities and energy utilities

The development of the broadband network will continue to be a long-term project and objective to 2020 and beyond. The development of sustainable communication infrastructures is one of the main areas of focus of the government, network operators, fibre-optic infrastructure vendors and local authorities in Germany. As drivers of the expansion, local authorities play a crucial role. Municipal utilities and energy companies contribute and expand their infrastructure and are thus evolving into ICT providers.

Fibre-to-the-Building (FttB) and Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) are the broadband delivery objectives supported by the government for the mode of connection to the building.  Broadband access to the Internet is also a necessary service that local authorities have a duty to provide to residents to ensure that the required infrastructure is in place to accommodate this age of the information society. For data-intensive applications and forms of media consumption like video streaming or gaming, efficient Internet access is crucial to how product quality is perceived by the user (described as the “user experience”). For the next decade, the prospect of the “Gigbit Society” will be at the forefront of network concepts and predicted data volumes.

In particular, Gigabit networks will ensure the attractiveness of a location as a place to do business. The forthcoming digital transformation of the economy will only be feasible with network infrastructure that enables fast transfer of huge volumes of data. Connectivity is therefore a key component of this fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). The associated applications, especially cloud computing, and the extremely high level of networking determine the stringent demands imposed on fibre-optic networks. Efficient broadband delivery is a locational factor that no local authority can ignore. For the businesses located in the area, access to fibre-optic networks is indispensable and is a key deciding factor for locating in a specific commercial area. Numerous local authority companies are involved in developing the broadband network. Many are involved at the design and planning stage, or are laying conduit during road building works and are systematically building their own fibre-optic networks. Some are offering their own ICT services for the general public and commercial users. There are also operator models in which companies lease networks from local authorities as ICT vendors.

In conjunction with expanding local authority broadband provision and municipal utility networks, GasLINE is a sound and reliable partner for network expansion and implementing collaboration models. The company’s own network infrastructure serves to connect developed communities to the internet. GasLINE is actively involved in developing the fibre-optic network. Managed bandwidth and Carrier Ethernet also offer an economic and flexible broadband connectivity option that can be integrated into a network. GasLINE has expert consultants on hand to support local authorities and municipal utilities in planning a network and developing it with future-proof technologies. In conjunction with broadband development, GasLINE is making a valuable contribution with Backbone Connectivity to its own Germany-wide network and developing infrastructure with Dark Fibre Connectivity into the regions.