Thursday, 29 June 2017

Energie Wasser picks Keymile for fibre expansion

KEYMILE
Monday 15 April 13

Energie Wasser Bern is investing in expanding an ultra-fast optical fibre network in Bern. KEYMILE’s multi-service access platform MileGate is the Next-Generation access solution for the new optical fibre network. Energie Wasser Bern is constructing an optical fibre network into homes (FTTH) in the Swiss capital…

Energie Wasser Bern is investing in expanding an ultra-fast optical fibre network in Bern. KEYMILE’s multi-service access platform MileGate is the Next-Generation access solution for the new optical fibre network.

Energie Wasser Bern is constructing an optical fibre network into homes (FTTH) in the Swiss capital. For the access network, the energy utility and its telecommunications partner Ericsson have opted for KEYMILE and its multi-service access platform MileGate. With MileGate, homes will be connected to point-to-point optical fibre infrastructure and will therefore benefit from a future-proof data highway. MileGate is a compact and robust IP-based access platform with high port density. Up to 480 optical fibre lines can be accommodated in each 8-HU subrack. With its excellent scalability, low power consumption and wide range of operating temperatures, it is ideal for exchanges, collocation rooms and outdoor cabinets. In the Swiss capital, four optical fibres are laid per household and a total of 82,000 households are connected to the optical fibre network.

Peter Zbinden, Head of Business Development Telecom at Energie Wasser Bern comments: "We’re delighted that KEYMILE is such a reliable business partner. Optical fibre expansion in the town started back in 2009. Now people living in 39,000 residential and business units can order ultra-fast broadband access. KEYMILE is supplying the access- and Ericsson the core-solution. In our complex communications structure, the two partners complement one another perfectly”.

"Ericsson has been working with KEYMILE on a number of projects in Switzerland for years,” reports Martin Bürki, Ericsson Managing Director Switzerland in Bern. "In the FTTH environment, we’re taking a two-pronged approach: Ericsson for the core and distribution network and KEYMILE for the access network. In our opinion, MileGate is a future-driven addition to our end-to-end architecture. We enjoy a productive working relationship that we want to expand on in future”.

The new optical fibre network is slated to connect 90 per cent of all buildings by 2017. Swisscom will contribute 60 per cent and Energie Wasser Bern 40 per cent of the investment required. The collaboration between the two partners specifies that Energie Wasser Bern will set up the optical fibre network on 70 per cent of the area the town covers. Swisscom will connect up 30 per cent of apartments and is also responsible for laying the optical fibres between the buildings and the exchange.


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