Open access will bring breakthrough in optical fiber networks

According to telecom competitors and regulators are first "open-access" pilot projects are successful and support the development of super-fast information superhighway. Could be up to one million retail connections based on such open access models are basically already served by fiber, rejoiced Gerd Eickers, president of the Association of Telecommunications and Value-Added Services (VATM), on Friday at a panel discussion in Berlin: "I could before twelve months is not deemed possible. "Now it must be about the theoretical possibilities of the existing port contract to haul on the implementation level.

"Open Access" means the telecommunications industry an approach for building next generation networks, in which a third party provider gives voluntary, non-discriminatory, transparent and reasonable conditions access to its own infrastructure. The discussion going with the ambitious goals of the broadband strategy of the Federal stepped up since 2009, Matthias Ehrler of the consultancy SBR Juconomy Consulting. A common understanding of the concept in this country have emerged as yet. Imperative is a fair pricing, so the initial investment can be imported in a reasonable period again.

Are currently in the construction of infrastructure companies primarily with municipal and housing sector participation, and interested suppliers, explained Ehrler. Tests were conducted with the housing association degewo in Berlin Gropiusstadt or on a previous flight field between Boeblingen and Sindelfingen. Telcos could with the role of the "One among Several" arrange for the provision of retail services harder on a shared network and wanted to leave as little of their value chain.

Overall, in Germany there are only about ten such projects. Stefan Koetz from Gropiusstadt partner Ericsson was disappointed, "that after five years can not put more projects." To shoulder the cost of fiber-optic expansion even more should the much-vaunted synergies when routing cables can be used with all utilities. Rainer Wiggers from Berlin stakeholders Vattenfall Europe Netcom meanwhile hopes to many imitators: "We want to provide examples of how the interface between the public street and the building a transfer point for the fiber provides."

To the success of open access also believes Wolf Osthaus, regulatory expert at 1 & 1 Internet. According to the model offered him the chance to spread the net costs on many shoulders. Providers of basic infrastructure would be able to manage a workload of its lines of 60 percent or more, which is crucial for the profitability and pricing based on it access services and applications. The "will to cooperation" was developing on all sides, even if between the network operators and content providers access or still some gap was bridged. Since the regulation was partly still in demand.

Iris Henseler-Unger of the Agency estimates that a similar situation. Even if the regulatory authority in fiberglass in line with the EU requirements performers only abusive, was a "stick in the bag" for the "open round table discussion" helpful. The Agency has on the subject of "Next Generation Access" (NGA) established a forum to advance negotiations on co-financing, interoperability and sharing of infrastructure. Would in this framework currently defined criteria for individual products, reported Henseler-Unger.

According to the ideas of the VATM the model should also come with the new VDSL using the so-called turbo-vectoring technology to bear, avoid the interference in the copper lines and can help provide higher transmission speeds. After the German Telekom recently flirted with the use of network accelerator Eickers presented now clear: "vectoring without OpenAccess not the point."

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