Broadband expansion Bad Teinach-Zavelstein: with a big leap forward – Teinachtal and its surroundings

Optical fiber is already available in many places in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein. Photo: © alphaspirit – stock.adobe.com


The digital future could come in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein. Because the city administration and the municipal council are now preparing to make the future of digital fiber optics a reality in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein with the help of good funding.

Bad Teinach-Zavelstein – It’s a futuristic project worth millions as in the book, which was put up in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein these days. Because it relates to further expansion of broadband. That is why they want to apply for financing in the “Grey Points” program and at the same time participate in the tender for the third general contractor for the region. In general, one speaks of costs of up to ten million euros, as explained by Mayor Marcus Wendel. The cool thing about this investment: 90 percent is funded by state and federal funds. The city’s ambitious goal: “Every built property should have a gigabit-capable connection this decade,” says Wendell. An achievable goal, too, because Bad Teinach-Zavelstein is currently one of the few municipalities that no longer have a “white spot” – i.e. areas that are almost completely cut off from the digital outside world – in the city district.



Once upon a time a typical society

Ember is completed, Schmieh has already been taken care of, in Zavelstein some parts are already gigabit capable. In Kentheim, the speed-free superhighway has been around for so long, because KabelBW pulled coaxial cable from here in the 1990s to test the sub-community as a model. Internet is already in Bad Teinach, albeit via Telekom and routing technology. The problem with the matter, according to Wendel: The public sector should only expand as a secondary priority and only if a market investigation takes place. Frankly: The city council is calling the “big players on the scene,” as Wendell puts it, and inquires about potential expansion plans. “None of the companies said we were expanding there,” the city council president said. However, you have to distinguish between light and dark gray spots when it comes to transportation. The first has a supply of less than 100 Mbit / s, all the others are those who have not yet reached gigabit. Both categories will be treated in Bad Teinach-Zavelstein. First of all, however, all the light gray spots, because it is still uncertain how the rest of the financing guidelines will be structured from January 2023. Overall, it will eventually cost about ten million euros for the entire passive network – this includes, for example, Optical fiber technology, but also civil engineering required for extension. When that’s all done, says Wendell, the city can be shut down when it comes to fibre-optic.

Bernd Land of the district office, who is responsible for the region’s broadband network, clarified more background information and said, also regarding the fact that there is no longer a white spot in Bad Tenach Szafelstein: “This is now a necessary free. 50 Mbit / s is great, but you can Always do more.” And the city now wants to go down this “road more”. Land said they are now looking for a general contractor to further expand broadband in the Kalu area. You want to get everything from one source, says “Broadband Baba” for the region and adds, “We’re monitoring the market right now.” If things go smoothly, says Wendell, it will all be a big step into the future. “Every home gets a connection,” says the mayor.

Ask some questions

A few more questions appeared in the Municipal Council after the specialized lecture. Chancellor Jochen Krause wanted to know what the expansion arrangement would look like. The goal was to distribute the building’s windows evenly throughout the area, Land asserted credibly. And of course you’re looking for synergistic effects with upcoming construction projects anyway. Andrea Mast had another question ready, regarding the subsequent operation of the network: “Can you choose the provider freely?” Land’s dry answer: “Of course you can stay with the old grid, but that won’t make it any faster.” NSWNetz operates the fiber optic network and provides a gigabit capable line. If another network operator wanted to connect to the fiber-optic network, which operates at the speed of light, it would have to pay a usage fee to NSWNetz — and that would almost certainly pass on to the end customer, Land suspects. But Mast went deeper and inquired about the costs of following up on the materials that were placed and how often they were broken.

Empty tubes are protected as best they can, and if in doubt, you can simply replace a piece of tube and blow the broken fiber optic cable back in. “But this has really been designed for 50 years,” Land concluded. In the end, the municipal council unanimously agreed to start funding and develop the application. Wendell was, of course, happy: “We just jumped into the future with this.”




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