Meridiam has teamed up with the regional authority of Montabaur (Verbandsgemeinde Montabaur, “VGM”) in order to build and operate a Fibre to the Home/Building (“FTTH/B”) network in the catchment area of Montabaur. VGM is a public entity governing the city of Montabaur and 24 smaller cities with a population of c. 42,000 people and is located in the western part of Germany between Frankfurt and Cologne. The newly created NetCo “Glasfaser Montabaur GmbH & Co. KG” (“GFM”) will connect up to 11,200 buildings representing 17,000 households in Montabaur.
The build-out is split into 18 clusters, with 6 clusters to be built each year between 2021 and 2023. The project aims to reach 100% coverage in the target area – a unique approach in Germany that is expected to raise attention among public authorities and market participants.
Operation (including investments into active equipment) of the network is done by Vodafone who is the anchor tenant and active operator of the network under a long-term contract. Vodafone offers its own services as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to both end users and businesses. Under the open access obligation, Vodafone also provides an offer to other ISPs for marketing their respective services on the GFM network. The contract between GFM and Vodafone has a duration of 30 years.
The approach strongly supports social cohesion by providing the possibility to every single individual customer and public facility to be connected to the network.
Germany is lagging behind the rest of Europe in FTTH/B deployment. The situation is even worse in medium-density areas such as Montabaur which is largely underserved in terms of FTTH/B coverage despite being close to larger urban centres (e.g. Frankfurt for Montabaur).
Municipalities connected to the network
People connected to the network
with the regional authority of Montabaur
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