Municipal Fiber Networks Workshop in Ghent
OASE project member, iMinds (previously known as IBBT), organized the 2nd Workshop Municipal Fiber Networks (see event page
) in Ghent city hall, Ghent, Belgium, November 15th 2012.
The following topics were discussed:
1. FTTH in Practice
During this session several subjects were discussed, such as the socioeconomic aspect of broadband and its role within the public sector, as well as transformational digital infrastructure. Business model of HSLNet: cooperative FTTH project in Heeze-Leende was presented. The last subject of this session was on how to operate a municipal network efficiently in the most commercial and economical way using the municipality of Karlstad, Sweden as an example.
2. The Role of Public Actors in the Rollout of FTTH
The focal subject during this session was the European initiative to reduce the costs for rolling out high-speed internet across Europe.
Wolf-Dietrich Grussmann from the Regulatory Framework Unit, European Commission emphasized that a lot of member states have significant room for improvement when it comes to NGA networks. Measures therefore need to be taken to ensure investments in fast and ultra-fast internet access:
- Increasing regulatory certainty and consistency across Europe
- Stimulating demand for high bandwidths
- Providing for sufficient spectrum
- Facilitating financing
- Lowering deployment costs
A consultation from different stakeholders led to the following requirements:
2.1. Making a better use of existing infrastructure, including across utilities.
A large cost reduction could be achieved by reusing part of the existing passive infrastructure, of the existing ducts, both from telecom networks and other utility infrastructures.
2.2. Enhancing transparency and coordination of civil engineering works.
By clearly and timely announcing planned civil engineering works, operators could coordinate their civil works and lay new ducts or other infrastructure when public works are undertaken.
2.3. Handling requests to rollout networks in a more efficient and transparent way.
Raising awareness and coordination among authorities involved in permit granting, creating a centralised information access point concerning permits and a one-stop-shop for all the necessary permits, will facilitate the possible coordination of different operators and utility networks.
2.4. Ensuring ready for NGA access buildings.
Providing clear guidelines to house owners, as well as open access to the necessary equipment will allow to make new buildings (or renovated building) to be NGA ready.
3. Breaking Out Sessions
3.1. Dimensioning of Access Network Infrastructure
A demo and a report by Comsof demonstrated the topology of an optimal FTTH rollout in a P2P architecture for the city of Ghent, as calculated by the FiberPlanIT platform. The visualization of this fibre topology was performed by the GeoMajas platform.
3.2. In-building Network Infrastructures
A demo by TE Connectivity and a report by Koen Casier exhibited during the breakout of the in-building network infrastructure calculations showed how the calculations of an in-building network could be tackled in a hierarchical manner.
3.3 Techno Economic Software Suite
In the Techno Economic Software Suite (TESS) demo and report by Mathieu Tahon and Marlies Van der Wee, an overview of the building blocks of the model was given. The software suite performs a complete techno-economic analysis of the deployment of a fibre access network.
3.4. FTTH Adoption Potential
A demo and report by Constantijn Seys and Simon Evenepoel presented the adoption forecasting methodology by means of a Prezi slideshow, which focused on the what, why and how of their methodology as well as on the obtained results.
3.5. Public Private Partnerships
Demo and report by Olivier Braet of the TERRAIN partners looked into business models and the applicability of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for FTTH deployment. A PPP is a form of partnership between public authorities and private companies to share a common risk with the aim of executing a project that benefits the public as a whole.