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Schnelles Internet genossenschaftlich organisieren: Glasfaser in jede Wohnung!

Gibt man in die Suchmaschinen die Stichworte „Genossenschaften“ und „Breitband“ ein, erkennt man sofort, dass es in Deutschland schon eine Vielzahl von kommunalen Initiativen gibt, um mit Bürger-Engagement die Voraussetzungen für eine moderne Kommunikations-Infrastruktur zu schaffen. Beispielhaft sei hier nur Ruppertshofen genannt. Spätestens in zwölf Monaten will man die Voraussetzungen für einen blitzschnellen Datentransfer schaffen, wie die Rems-Zeitung berichtet:

„Schnelles Internet ist nicht nur ein Anliegen von immer mehr Bürgern. sondern ein echter Standortvorteil für eine Kommune. Es ging in Ruppertshofen darum, einen ausgelagerten Knotenpunkt für einen Anschluss ans nächstgelegene Breitbandkabel nahe Spraitbach zu schaffen, weil die Gemeinde bislang im Schatten von Internet-Hochleistungsverbindungen lag. Hauptverbündeter der Bürgerinitiative und der Gemeindeverwaltung wurde Franz Frauenhoffer mit seiner gleichnamigen Verbindung. Auch bei der gestrigen Beschwörung des hochtechnologischen Gemeinschaftsgeistes und Bürgersinns erwies sich der Kämpfer als Motivator. Das Prinzip: Genossenschaftliche Strukturen schaffen und Spenden sammeln, um damit die Netzbetreiber anzutreiben.“

Interessant ist auch das Projekt in Herrieden:

Das Ganze ist löblich und vorbildhaft. Was fehlt, ist eine netzpolitische Agenda, die gemeinsam von Bund und Ländern getragen werden muss. Auf dem nächsten Breitbandgipfel von Kanzlerin Merkel sollte dieser Punkt auf der Tagesordnung ganz oben stehen.

Um alle Haushalte in Deutschland mit Glasfaserkabel für den Empfang von schnellem Internet zu versorgen, rechnen Experten mit Investitionen von 70 bis 80 Milliarden. Beim Breitbandausbau rutschen wir im internationalen Maßstab immer mehr ab und liegen nur noch auf dem 40. Platz – Tendenz sinkend. Von den Netzbetreibern ist das nicht zu finanzieren. Man braucht rund 40 Jahre für die Refinanzierung. Im schnelllebigen Technologiegeschäft ist das nicht zu stemmen. Der Staat kann aus europarechtlichen Gründen als Investor nicht einspringen. Deshalb halte ich die Genossenschafts-Idee für den besten und schnellsten Weg, einen weiteren Abstieg als vernetzte Ökononomie zu verhindern.

Grob über den Daumen geschätzt hat man in Deutschland 40 Millionen Erwerbstätige. Wenn man die Gesamtsumme von 80 Milliarden Euro durch 40 Millionen teilt, kommt man auf 2000 Euro. Ich würde diesen Betrag investieren. Damit hätte ich einen Anteil an einer breitbandigen Infrastruktur. Damit hätte ich die Sicherheit, vorausgesetzt man findet genügend Mitstreiter, dass es in den nächsten zwei bis drei Jahren auch wirklich flächendeckend ausgebaut würde. Ich hätte dann Breitband bei mir in der Wohnung, mit der ganzen Zukunftsperspektive, die es bietet. Ich wäre dann Eigentümer und könnte über Geschäftsmodelle nachdenken, wie man eine solide Rendite machen kann. Wir brauchen Raiffeisen, um den Breitbandausbau nach vorne zu bringen!

Als Miteigentümer des Netzes ist man eher bereit, den Ausbau politisch mitzutragen. Entscheidend ist das dezentrale Investment. Zudem müsse nicht die gesamte Summe über Genossenschaften finanziert werden. Die großen Netzbetreiber sind jetzt schon dabei, kräftig für den Breitbandausbau zu finanzieren. Insofern könnte man eine gute Lastenteilung organisieren. Das Ziel der Bundesregierung ist es, bis 2018 den flächendeckenden Breitbandausbau zu realisieren. Ohne dezentrale Initiativen ist das nicht zu erreichen.

Was bislang in der Berliner Politik diskutiert wird, hat mit schnellem Internet und Breitbandausbau nicht viel zu tun: Da geht es eher um die Nutzung der installierten Kupferleitungen auf der letzten Meile für ein bisschen schnelleres xDSL. Das trifft nicht den Kern der Sache. Glasfaser in jede Wohnung muss das Motto sein.

Dabei ist es für viele Themen unabdingbar, die Digitalisierung über schnelle Internetverbindungen voranzutreiben. Etwa bei der Energiewende. Man kann auch beides kombinieren. Wenn man bei dem einen über genossenschaftliche Konzepte nachdenkt, warum dann nicht auch bei dem anderen. Bei der Energiewende geht es ja gerade um die Dezentralisierung. Übrigens sollte sich vielleicht auch der nächste IT-Gipfel mit diesem Thema beschäftigen.

Breitbandausbau dezentral und genossenschaftlich organisieren

So ganz einfach kann der Staat gar nicht in die Bresche springen beim Breitbandausbau. Experten schätzen die Investitionssumme für die Verlgung von Glasfaserkabel in alle Haushalte in Deutschland auf rund 80 Milliarden Euro. Die öffentliche Hand darf hier aus europarechtlichen Gründen nicht tätig werden – anders als beispielsweise in Singapur. An der Notwendigkeit eines schnellen Internet dürften aber wohl keine Zweifel mehr bestehen. Und wenn wir nicht völlig ins Mittelmaß fallen wollen, sollten wir jetzt über neue Lösungen nachdenken und diese auch schnell umsetzen. Im internationalen Maßstab rangieren wir nur noch auf dem 40. Platz – mit sinkender Tendenz. Das dürfte uns irgendwann auch volkswirtschaftlich auf die Füße fallen.

Im Interview mit dem Ich sag mal-Blog bin ich ausführlich auf die Idee eines genossenschaftlichen Ausbau des Breitbandes eingegangen:

“We need more radio cells, so that we don’t get stuck in data bottlenecks with iPAd 3 and Google Play”

The next iPad version is being launched in March – this time equipped with LTE, as reported by Chip.de. http://www.chip.de/news/Das-neue-iPad-3-Alle-Details-und-erste-Eindruecke_54525027.html The new mobile communication standard will also be integrated to the next iPhone. At the Cebit show, Vodafone is introducing its first LTE Smartphone. “But what is the real benefit of an iPad 3 with ultrafast technology, if the mobile Internet can’t keep up? We also need a functioning LTE infrastructure in the form of radio cells. This became very obvious at the Mobile World Congress, and now again at the Cebit show”, says Bernd Stahl from network provider Nash Technologies.

Digitalization is in full swing. It is permeating one sector after another and is clearly  unstoppable. It has three pillars: end-devices, Cloud services and what is essentially an ‘adhesive’ for fast Internet. Not only Smartphones and tablets, but also vehicles, energy supply in our homes, as well as household appliances are being made intelligent and networked. The Internet needs to handle these volumes of data, also via wireless. This applies to the coverage as well as the bandwidth of mobile communication networks. The functions of end-devices and Cloud services are growing day by day. “The new Google Play Cloud service competes with Apple iTunes. There are more and more books, music, films, etc. in the Cloud. All of this can only work if mobile Internet is available everywhere with higher bandwidth.”

“Network operators need to manage the technological transition”

Mini radio cells, so-called Small Cells, complement the bulky radio masts which can certainly supply broadband to a large area, but which can hardly keep up with the growing data flow. There is also a lot of progress being made on the next generation of Small Cells. “At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we noticed high-level interest among chip manufacturers and network operators. They’re trying to master a balancing act. On the one hand, they want to equip radio cells with LTE, but at the same time they want to cover UMTS. This is the only way to successfully make the transition from the third to the fourth generation”, adds Stahl. Nash Technologies integrates and tests UMTS and LTE networks. And, as part of the Harvey Nash Group (http://www.harveynash.com), the specialists from Nuremberg are ideally equipped to handle complete projects while the personnel consultants from Harvey Nash source the required additional support.

“The market for Small Cells is still completely open”

“The market for Small Cells is still completely open. Unlike with Cloud providers and end-device suppliers, there aren’t two or three market leaders dominating the market. Asia, Europe and the USA are all involved and over the next few years, we’ll see who is ahead”, says Stahl. One thing is quite sure however: the market for Small Cells is growing dramatically. The Small Cell Forum published new figures at the Mobile World Congress. It is now estimated that the market worldwide will grow from 3.2 million cells in 2012 to over 62 million cells by 2016.

http://www.smallcellforum.org/newsstory-small-cells-to-make-up-almost-90-percent-of-all-base-stations-by-2016

Mobile World Congress: Small Cell demand is set to skyrocket – “UMTS-LTE Dual Mode is the key to growth”

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona clearly shows that the market for Small Cells will be gathering significant momentum over the years to come. In fact, Simon Saunders, chairman of the Small Cell Forum, estimates that the numbers of Femto Cells deployed worldwide will be increasing from 3.2 million installed units in 2012 to over 60 million in 2016.

http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=471674 “Driven by the Smartphone boom, Small Cells are the cornerstone for the next phase of digitalization for all economic sectors – gearing up to the next upswing in the App economy”, confirms Bernd Stahl from the telecommunications provider Nash Technologies on site at the exhibition in Barcelona.

The small radio cells are clearly way ahead of the conventional bulky masts. “They are considerably more cost-effective, their approval processes are less complicated and they can be deployed specifically where there is a high need for bandwidth and where many users communicate at the same time – for instance in football stadiums, inner-city areas or shopping centers”, says Stahl. The Nash Technologies network supplier develops software for companies that produce radio cells – and is most definitely experiencing high-level interest at the Mobile World Congress: “We are having many discussions about these developments, also due to the fact that the Smartphone wave is leading to a heightened need for broadband Internet, which raises the issue of supply”, adds Stahl. And this is just the beginning: “In the future, when the Internet in the key areas of logistics, traffic, health, energy, etc. leads to wide-reaching process digitalization, demand will become even greater.”

Stahl also adds that the introduction of new technologies inevitably implies a transition phase which is not to be underestimated. Whereas most currently developed Small Cells are equipped with LTE, there are hardly any LTE Smartphones. “For the most part, Internet-compatible mobile phones still run with UMTS. And, from a global perspective, this will continue to be the case for quite some time, especially in population-rich, newly industrialized countries and for most users in developed countries. Consequently, the radio cells, and especially Small Cells, need to be equipped with UMTS as well as LTE to enable the transition phase”, says Stahl. And this is exactly why Nash Technologies is present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As a telecommunications provider with decades of relevant experience, the software specialists from Nuremberg know their way around LTE, just as well as the considerably more complex world of UMTS. “It’s going to be all about having the different technologies working hand in hand, providing Smartphone users with a seamless transition between both technologies, without their user experience being disrupted”, says Stahl.

Stahl, the ICT expert, is also convinced that, through the development of Small Cells, the App economy will be experiencing its next upswing. Small Cells may only have small geographical coverage. But this makes for a huge benefit: network operators will be aware of exactly where a Smartphone is located, and specifically at locations where it hadn’t been possible previously, because GPS reception wasn’t available in buildings. “When potentially every small business in a downtown area has its own Small Cell, then there’s simply no limit to what can be done. A new type of location-based Apps will be possible, because a business model will be available to support them. Through new Apps, there will be more web traffic and therefore more growth.” To make sure that this growth is also possible during the transition phase from UMTS to LTE, the UMTS-LTE Dual Mode will be key.

For more information, contact:

Bernd Stahl
Senior Systems Architect
Nash Technologies Stuttgart GmbH
ES/VS/E
Lorenzstraße 10
70435 Stuttgart
Email: bernd.stahl@nashtech.com
www.nashtech.com

iPhone: +49 (0) 160 / 97304915
Tel: +49 (0) 711 / 33501-7573
Fax: +49 (0) 711 / 33501-5403

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Mobile World Congress: How Femtocells can Move Digitalization Forward

Press Release

Barcelona, 22/02/2012 – With every new Smartphone and every new tablet, potential problems escalate for network providers. They need to keep their mobile communication networks in top shape, otherwise customers could very well drown in data bottlenecks – as they themselves could in prohibitive power costs. “Digitalization of all economic sectors greatly depends on the industry’s willingness to invest”, states IT expert Bernd Stahl from network specialist Nash Technologies. The digitalization of all private and business processes is a megatrend that opens up huge opportunities for innovation and growth.

Hardly a day goes by without a device manufacturer announcing a new product to be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the entire mobile communications sector is coming together to further drive the mobile Internet vision while setting new impetus for growth. In Germany alone, over 20 million people already have a Smartphone – and the trend is rising.

“The industry is currently facing three major challenges. On the one hand, network providers have to reduce their energy costs. Also, coverage has to be extended to address more rural areas. And finally, frequency ranges also have to be increased, if market needs are to be covered”, says Stahl. Energy costs arise for the most part through the base stations, which currently remain greatly responsible for supply. “The stations, which are often installed in high buildings or on their own masts, cover wide areas. For them to function sufficiently on the edges of these areas,  performance at their center automatically needs to be excessively high. This draws the balance downwards”, adds Stahl. Moreover, high costs arise through locations that are either rented or purchased.

A considerably more high-performance and cost-efficient solution is available through Femtocells: “The radio cells can be used where there is a high concentration of people – at hot spots in urban centers for instance. They can deliver in a highly targeted way rather than by providing widespread coverage.” For example, football stadiums or shopping centers can be equipped with their own radio cells. As well, they enable more cost-efficient coverage in rural areas.

The reliability factor is also extremely important in the mobile Internet. No one can afford to have their networks malfunction or break down due to overloading or unexpected events. This is even more important in view of the fast-rising numbers of mobile users and their increased need for bandwidth due to innovative Internet services. Femtocells are no exception, they carry their own set of challenges. This is why the specialists from Nuremberg are also showing their “Nash Protocol Tester” in Barcelona, with which Femtocell performance and efficacy can be tested. http://www.nashtech.com/home/products/nptr/

“Femtocells and Small Cells create the technological infrastructure for the ongoing development of entire economic sectors”, says Stahl. The degree of digitalization in certain industries can be as low as 30 to 45 percent. With digitalization, we are referring to communication, closeness to suppliers, process chains and delivery to end-customers – and not only straightforward LTE access. “The trend is crystal clear: what can be digitalized will be digitalized”, says Stahl.

Nash Technologies at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 27 to March 1, Hall 2, Stand E18.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor-list/nash-technologies-1

For more information, contact:

Bernd Stahl
Senior Systems Architect
Nash Technologies Stuttgart GmbH
ES/VS/E
Lorenzstraße 10
70435 Stuttgart
Email: bernd.stahl@nashtech.com
www.nashtech.com

iPhone: +49 (0) 160 / 97304915
Tel: +49 (0) 711 / 33501-7573
Fax: +49 (0) 711 / 33501-5403

Blog: https://nashtechblog.wordpress.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/NashTechGermany
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nash.technologies


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