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Nexans and vitronet bundle network expertise for energy providers

Moenchengladbach, April 4, 2011 – Nexans and vitronet Holding GmbH, Essen, a service provider for the planning, commissioning and marketing of telecommunication networks, are bundling their experience in the field of network technology for energy providers. The goal of the partnership is to create complete system and infrastructure solutions for Smart Grid and Fiber-to-the-Home networks of energy providers. With ten years of experience in designing and creating municipal fiber-optic-based access networks as well as line-based cable systems, vitronet is supporting the globally operating cable manufacturer in planning, constructing and servicing fiber-optic cables. Nexans customers will thus receive comprehensive complete solutions from a single source: passive fiber-optic components, optimised fiber-optic cables and active system technology for energy and communication networks.


Gerd Filthaut, Director of Advanced Networking Solutions at Nexans, regards the creation of a dedicated telecommunication infrastructure for energy providers as very important: “By simultaneously laying fiber-optic cables when expanding the electricity and gas network, we can generate clear infrastructure synergies. The energy utilities of the future will thus be able to position themselves as an all-round supplier for electricity, gas, water, heat and telecommunication.”


“By means of a modern fiber-optic infrastructure with high Internet bandwidths of 100 megabits per second and more, public services can develop the broadband network business field for the community at large in a logical, cost-effective manner. They can create added value for their customers, thereby increasing customer loyalty. Added to this is the strategic advantage of controlling the information transport for Smart-Grid applications and other energy-related services oneself via dedicated broadband net-works,“ says Hardy Zitnik, Manager of Sales & Marketing at vitronet Holding GmbH, of the prospects for the utilities.

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About Nexans Germnay

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 7.260 employees in Germany and abroad, the sales in 2010 amounts to approx. 810 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

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vitronet

The vitronet Group from Essen is a leading independent full-service provider of turnkey fiber-glass infrastructure solutions. The company also operates its own fiber-optic networks, and maintains and services more than 15,000 km of fiber-optic network cables for major customers. It currently has a workforce of 120, and generated sales of €20 million in 2010. Among its customers are notable utilities, public services, public administrative bodies, TV cable network operators and telecommunications carriers. Since 2010, vitronet has itself had holdings in network holding companies such as essen.net GmbH and Glasfaser Bochum GmbH & Co. KG. Bestmile GmbH & Co. KG, which it operates together with the Bochum public services, markets network capacities in the form of bit stream access products. Further information can be found at

www.vitronet.de