Status: 26.09.2023, 07:13 a.m.
By: Andreas Höger
Important infrastructure: Avacomm wants to launch a fiber-optic offensive in Holzkirchen. © Dpa
Gemeindewerke Holzkirchen is selling its entire fibre optic network to the private operator Avacomm Systems. The Holzkirchen-based company intends to expand this infrastructure promptly and nationwide.
Holzkirchen – A good two weeks ago, it was announced that the Holzkirchen market had found a "cooperation partner" in the expansion of the fiber optic network: The company Avacomm Systems, which has since relocated from Valley to Holzkirchen, is pursuing ambitious plans in its new home, wants to lay high-performance fiber optics for up to 1000 Mbit/s (downstream) in many streets and surrounding districts.
Now the company and the municipal utilities have confirmed that the cooperation is linked to a tangible "deal": The fiber optic route of the municipal utilities, which has been laid since 2015 and has a total of about 30 kilometers, will be sold to Avacomm. The package includes around 300 customers who previously booked their fibre-optic connection with the municipal utilities.
"We are handing over the further expansion of the fibre-optic network in Holzkirchen to Avacomm," says Albert Götz, Managing Director of the municipal utilities. As Mayor Christoph Schmid (CSU) explained, he had been thinking about how to proceed with the fiber optic network of the municipal utilities since taking office in 2020. "Our municipal utilities are excellently positioned technically," Schmid emphasizes, "but there is fierce competition among broadband providers." Especially when it comes to marketing and sales, it is almost impossible to keep up with Deutsche Telekom and other industry giants. "We don't have that in our cross," says Schmid, who also serves as chairman of the supervisory board of Gemeindewerke GmbH by virtue of his office.
In the search for a partner who relies on complete fiber optic technology, they finally found what they were looking for on their doorstep, explains the mayor. Among several providers, Avacomm was chosen "because we are convinced that we have the partner with whom we can best advance the nationwide fiber optic expansion in Holzkirchen," adds Albert Götz.
The parties did not want to comment on the purchase price. "A reasonable and reasonable price," says Schmid. The money will help the municipal utilities to quickly advance the expansion of the district heating network.
Avacomm Managing Director Helmut Gallitscher sees the purchase of the fiber optic network of the municipal utilities as a "solid starting point". He announced that he would invest around 14 million euros in the expansion: "We are planning a construction period of about three years." Up to 8000 households and businesses are to be supplied with fiber optics. The company does not want to wait for cumbersome funding procedures, but relies on its own economic expansion. Depending on demand, Avacomm fiber could also be available in surrounding districts in the foreseeable future.
Schmid considers a reliable digital infrastructure with high transmission speeds to be a decisive factor in the security of supply of wooden churches. For example, it has been agreed that the fibre optics can also be used for digital electricity meters with a communication module (smart meter) of the municipal utilities. These smart meters are intended to help balance energy flows and save electricity costs thanks to dynamic tariffs.
It was not possible to find out yesterday when exactly the fiber optic conversion from the municipal utilities to Avacomm will take place. In any case, the changeover will be seamless, the participants announced. The Avacomm tariffs are currently (according to the Internet) at 39.90 to 79.90 euros per month – depending on the performance.
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