Executive Summary

One of the significant challenges facing network operators today is the high capital cost of deploying next generation broadband network to individual homes or schools. Fiber to the home only makes economic sense for a relatively small percentage of homes or schools. One solution is a novel new approach under development in several jurisdictions around the world is to bundle the cost of next generation broadband Internet with the deployment of solar panels on the owners roof or through the sale of renewable energy to the homeowner. Rather than charging customers directly for the costs of deployment of the high speed broadband network theses costs instead are amortized over several years as a small discount on the customer’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) or renewable energy bill. There are many companies such as Solar City that will fund the entire capital cost of deploying solar panels on the roofs of homes or schools, who in turn make their money from the long term sale of the power from the panels to the electrical grid. In addition there are no Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and Green Bond Funds that will underwrite the cost of larger installations.

For further information and detailed business analysis please contact Bill St. Arnaud at bill.st.arnaud@gmail.com.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Condominium Open fiber infrastructure & CO2 reduction in Switzerland

[Here is a good example of how the concept of open condominium fiber infrastructure, pioneered by the R&E network community enables deployment of lower cost broadband deployment, facilities based competition and new business models for helping reduce GHG emissions. As I pointed out in a previous post forward thinking carriers like Swiscom and KPN understand the business value of open condo fiber muni networks and the potential for radical new business models such as free fiber (http://free-fiber-to-the-home.blogspot.com/) to the home and homes with tails. See also talks by Benoit Felten on this subject. Thanks to Kátrin Schweren for this pointer – BSA]

Last Wednesday, Swisscom has announced its first cooperation that will enable joint roll out of multi-fiber FTTH.

The canton of Fribourg, Groupe E, the Swiss French electricity producer and supplier, and Swisscom are to work hand in hand on the construction of a fibre-optic (FTTH) access network. The partnership aims to reduce costs for both companies and to offer every interested service provider the opportunity to use the infrastructure, therefore avoiding duplicate investments. It consists of setting up a single multi-fibre access network within an existing underground infrastructure and will allow a healthy level of competition in the area of networks and telecommunications services. Groupe E and its energy provider partners will develop energy-related services with the aim of achieving energy efficiency. The canton of Fribourg is clearly following its „High Tech in the Green" strategy by supporting this project which will make the canton more attractive in both urban and rural areas. This is the first collaboration between an electricity company, an operator and a canton in Switzerland.

Please find attached the press release
as well the link to it.

http://www.swisscom.com/GHQ/content/Media/Medienmitteilungen/2009/20090325_MM_Glasfasernetz.htm Deutsche Präsi:

Benoit Felten talk

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