Broadband access expertise, Nexans, flabb-planung and PLEdoc have bundled their expertise to form the initiative: FTTnet
Capitalising on the synergies between entertainment, communication and smart grids – FFTnet at the 2010 CeBIT: Hall 13 in the Broadband World
Moenchengladbach, March 1, 2010 – It is almost impossible now to imagine our business and private lives without the Internet; the availability of broadband access at a location is an important question in this connection. When it comes to the availability of broadband connections, Germany is only ranked 15th among the industrialised nations, however. This is something that the German companies Nexans Deutschland GmbH (Moenchengladbach), flabb-planung GmbH & Co. KG (Solingen) and PLEdoc GmbH (Essen) want to change and in January they bundled their expertise to this effect to form the FTTnet initiative. The aim is to bundle their respective planning, construction and operation expertise with regard to broadband networks and to develop economic solutions for regional energy providers, public utility companies and municipalities. Fibre-optic-based broadband networks offer numerous benefits to the above-mentioned potential customers: Existing infrastructures can be expanded in a low-cost manner in order to set up comprehensive broadband networks for TV, Internet and telephony. At the same time, the investors are creating the best conditions for smart metering and smart grids.
The three founding companies of the FTTnet initiative not only have the appropriate technological expertise, but can also provide advice with regard to synergies in relation to civil engineering and network operation as well as how companies can benefit from government-funded projects. The Federal Government namely has launched a broadband offensive and is making available funds for expanding broadband in Germany. Gerd Filthaut from Nexans, the cable specialist: “Three quarters of all German households should be able to use transmission rates of at least 50 megabits per second by 2014. Fibre-optic networks are the preferred choice for this purpose.” However, not all companies have the manpower and technical resources to set up such a network themselves. “We offer these infrastructure operators the services, which they require for this purpose,” says Filthaut. Our services range from the acquisition of funds to technical implementation through to the development and realisation of new business models and products.
Attractive business models with growth potential
The refinancing is secured for the medium- to long-term, states Filthaut, as Nexans is setting up FTTx networks worldwide for the Internet, data transmission and telephony. “FTTx offerings do not have much competition and offer sustainable growth potentials, because the demand will continue to increase in the coming years and decades.” Energy companies can thus expand their offerings to include broadband products and thus open up new lines of business. FTTx networks are also interesting for network operators, who themselves do not want to be providers of Internet, telecommunication and TV services: They can set up the infrastructure and make the fibre-optic network – possibly supplemented by active components – available to third parties.
About Nexans Germany
Nexans Germany is one of the leading cable manufacturers in Europe. The company is offering an extensive range of high performance cables, systems, and components for the telecommunications and energy sectors, rounded off by superconducting materials and components, Cryoflex transfer systems and special machinery for the cable industry. Producing at manufacturing plants with 6.240 employees in Germany and abroad, the sales in 2008 amounts to approx. 936 Mio Euro. The full integration into the Nexans Group Nexans Germany also benefits from excellent opportunities to use the available synergies in all corporate fields, which not only applies to worldwide projects but also to research and development, the exchange of know how, and to other areas. More information on
flabb-planung GmbH & Co. KG, Solingen (Germany), is a specialist when it comes to the development of transmission networks as well as the associated consultation and project planning services. The offering includes a wide range of solutions - from utility value analyses to planning and construction supervision through to the development and implementation of database-based application systems. Additional information can be found at
PLEdoc GmbH, Essen (Germany), collects and administers information on technical systems and utility networks. The expertise of PLEdoc ranges from surveying to documentation to the planning and implementation of geographical and network information systems. It also operates its own web-based information portals for complex tasks with regard to planning information. Additional information can be found at
FTTnet is a network of leading companies from the energy, technology and telecommunication sector, whose objective is to advance the expansion of the optical broadband infrastructure to achieve comprehensive coverage throughout Germany. FTTnet consolidates all the expertise and services with regard to the planning, construction and operation of a fibre-optic network – from the acquisition of government funding to the technical implementation and documentation through to the development and marketing of new business models and products. Services individually customised to the respective resources and requirements can thus be offered, which ensure the maximum profitability and sustainability of the investments. Additional information can be found at the German website