Time for a big dig
Tele Columbus builds city network in Borna
– Optical fibre city network to connect to almost 4,200 households
– Initial concessions to supply 3,773 homes connected
– FTTB supply from 2022
Berlin/Borna, 10 December 2020. Tele Columbus AG is building a completely new optical fibre city network to connect to some 4,200 homes in Borna, a town in the German state of Saxony. This investment is made possible through new concession agreements with Bornaer Wohnungsgenossenschaft eG (BWG), Bornaer Wohnbau- und Siedlungsgesellschaft mbH (BWS) as well as apartments already supplied by LEUWO Leuna-Wohnungsgesellschaft and other rental properties.
As a district town, Borna benefits from its proximity to Leipzig and Altenburg and is part of the vital Central German Metropolitan Region. High-performance broadband connections for households are an important factor for landlords in this region to help them stand out in the competition between residential locations.
The Tele Columbus Group was able to attract and secure the two major landlords BWG and BWS with 3,773 homes as customers for the first time. Now a city network is to be created to connect the homes with optical fibre right to the buildings (FTTB). The cable systems within the buildings will also be completely renewed. In the case of BWG and BWS, ducts are being included in order to provide the option of upgrading to full fibre to the home (FTTH).
Around 13 kilometres of underground access in public spaces is required to bring the fibre optic cables to the buildings. A new head-end will be built in Borna especially for receiving incoming television programming signals. The internet connection is provided via the Company’s own switching exchange in Altenburg, 17 kilometres away. The connection will be established via a rented optical fibre line, whereby Tele Columbus itself will operate the active technology for transporting the signal.
The new network is set to be fully up and running by the beginning of 2023; it is likely that the IP connection for the telephone and broadband internet services can be used sooner by the tenants.
For Tele Columbus, the expansion in Borna closes a strategically important gap between the strong network locations in Leipzig and Altenburg, boosting the Company’s market position in Saxony further.
Tele Columbus AG is one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators which reaches more than 3 million homes. Via its brand PŸUR, the Company, offers high-speed internet including telephony and more than 250 TV channels. All of this via a digital entertainment platform that combines linear TV with video on demand entertainment. To its housing association partners the Tele Columbus Group offers tailored models of cooperation and state-of-the-art services such as telemetric and tenant portals. As a full-service partner for municipalities and regional utilities, the Company is actively supporting the fibre-based infrastructure and broadband internet expansion in Germany. For its business customers the Group offers carrier services and corporate solutions on its proprietary fibre network. Besides its headquarter in Berlin, the Company has locations in Hamburg, Leipzig, Ratingen and Unterföhring/Munich. Since January 2015, Tele Columbus AG is listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock exchange and a member of the SDAX.
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