The project in question brings a new meaning to the term “quadruple play” in that the developer, a cooperative called TRE-FOR, is adding broadband connectivity to the three other utilities – electricity, gas, and water – it already delivers to a community of about 300,000 customers.
TRE-FOR has crafted a role for itself as a middleman between its customers and service providers. It’s rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Ethernet infrastructure, offering customers a self-service portal for them to order services, and providing a platform that makes it easy for third parties to provide those services.
The bottom line is that TRE-FOR isn’t taking on any of the risky business of guessing what applications will prove a hit with its customers. It’s still in the utility business, where investments can be amortized over a long period, and thus it's able to keep a lid on costs. At the same time, it’s created an environment that encourages innovation and competition among service providers so that its customers (who are also its shareholders) get a wide choice of offerings at low prices.
This report steps through the project in detail, drawing lessons from the experiences of TRE-FOR and its suppliers, which include Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Unisys Corp. (NYSE: UIS). Here’s a hyperlinked contents list:
- Page 2: Business Model & Market Considerations
- Page 3: The TRE-FOR Network & Services
- Page 4: The Ethernet Design
- Page 5: The Self-Service Portal & Equal-Access Network
This report is based on a Webinar, TRE-FOR: Denmark's Pioneering Municipal Network Project, moderated by Simon Hill, Events Editor, Light Reading, and sponsored by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and TRE-FOR Bredbånd A/S . An archive of the Webinar may be viewed free of charge by clicking here.
Related Webinar archives:
- Helping Utilities Migrate to Next-Gen Services
- Ethernet Architectures: Pros & Cons of Aggregation Networks
- Using Metro Ethernet to Deliver FTTH Triple-Play Services
- Managing the Complexity of IPTV Deployments
— Tim Hills is a freelance telecommunications writer and journalist. He's a regular author of Light Reading reports.
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