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TMCNet:  EWM, Herrliberg and Swisscom sign agreement for fiber-optic networks

[January 21, 2013]

EWM, Herrliberg and Swisscom sign agreement for fiber-optic networks

Jan 21, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Energie und Wasser Meilen AG, or EWM, an energy supplier, and the municipality of Herrliberg have signed a cooperation agreement with Swisscom AG, a provider of telecommunication services, on the joint construction of fiber-optic networks.

For the past three years, EWM and the municipality of Herrliberg have been building an open fiber-optic network dubbed 'meifi.net'. Following negotiations, they signed a preliminary agreement with Swisscom in June 2012 for the joint construction of their fiber-optic networks, which will run all the way to individual households and businesses (known as Fiber to the Home or FTTH), the company said.

The partners finally concluded a cooperation agreement in late December 2012. The meifi.net and Swisscom fiber-optic networks will now be built collaboratively, and customers will in future have access to the services offered by both partners.

According to the company, the collaboration enables both parties to set up their networks cheaply and spares the general public from the impact that would have resulted from the parallel construction of separate networks. Dividing connection areas between the cooperation partners will allow them to capitalize on synergy effects and cut costs. Half of the connections for businesses and homes set up by meifi.net will be made available to Swisscom and vice versa. As a result, both partners will in future be able to offer their fiber-optic services throughout the entire region.

Four optical fibers will be laid for each household and business. Swisscom and meifi.net will each receive two fibers in order to offer customers their services. This multi-fiber model is in line with recommendations put forward by the regulatory authority, the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom), the company added.

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