Peter T. Frei, project lead “Network 2020” (“Netz 2020”), Kommunikationsnetz Däniken AG

Däniken lies between the agglomerations of Zurich, Basel and Bern. It recognized the trend toward high digital transmission rates, and the associated technology change to fiber optics, at an early stage. Peter T. Frei is heading the project “Network 2020” (“Netz 2020”) at Kommunikationsnetz Däniken AG. He reports: “We paved the way for Fiber-to-the-Street 15 years ago: That was when we created an FTTS network to be ready for the future.” Initially, the community continued to use the existing coaxial network the transmission capacity of which is likely to fulfill all requirements until 2020. But in 2011 further requirements were put in place for the changeover to fiber optics. Peter Frei: “It was obvious to us that the need for transmission capacity would continue to increase. So we started to install fiber optic cables right into homes.”

Fiber optics for everyone

By 2020 each of the 1300 households in Däniken should have Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH). These will then benefit from totally reliable connections and a powerful network which is already equipped for future applications. Fees will repay the investment made by Kommunikationsnetz Däniken AG within 30 years.

The integration of two providers

In 2014 Swisscom AG also planned to set up an FO network in Däniken. But the community wanted to avoid having two networks next to each other: It offered Swisscom the chance of sharing the existing infrastructure – a contract was signed covering the use of one of four fibers for a duration of 30 years. However, this necessitated a few adaptations. The second provider in Däniken, local provider Yetnet, offers the same services as Swisscom. The two provider connections are a few hundred meters apart – to be able to integrate them, a flexible solution had to be found for the POP (Point of Presence).

Expandable on a flexible modular basis

Peter Kohler, head of project planning at WD Comtec AG

Wiedmann-Dettwiler Comtec AG, the company that had created the coaxial network, was commissioned to set up and maintain the network. WD Comtec asked various companies, including R&M as leading supplier of FTTH infrastructure, to present their concepts of how to cover the requirements. Peter Kohler, project lead at WD Comtec: “The sophisticated solution convinced us from the outset because of its great transparency, flexibility and excellent value for money.” Consequently WD Comtec chose the R&M solution which is based on ODF (Optical Distribution Frames). Patching can be carried out reliably without moving the fibers thanks to the clip-in quick mounting technology. And the ODF cabinet is easy to extend thanks to the modular structure. Network capacity can thus be adapted to suit increasing demands as well as the number of customers of the relevant provider.

The R&M solution had key advantages in comparison to competitor products.

Peter Kohler, head of project planning, Wiedmann-Dettwiler Comtec AG