Comme je vous
l'ai écrit il y a quelques jours j'organise un voyage d'études à Nuenen
en Hollande... Nous sommes déjà plus de 10 (dont 3 belges...)... Et je
continue de recevoir des demandes... je pense que je vais en rester à
10... Sinon je vais devoir me reconvertir dans l'autocarisme...
(j'adore conduire les autobus..)
On vous rendra compte dans ce blog...
En attendant une press release que notre ami Baritault (qui vit en Silicon Valley) vient de m'envoyer...
Netherland’s largest Fiber-to-the-Home network officially opened
village connected, customer-owned business model
Eindhoven – March 30, 2005
Last week, deputy Director-General Mr Broesterhuizen of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs officially opened the Netherland’s largest Fiber-to-the-Home (FttH) network in Nuenen, a village in the south of The Netherlands. The entire village is connected – 7,500 households, shops, offices, schools, elderly homes, sports clubs, churches, hotels and health institutes. Over 15,000 people now have access to super high-speed internet (up to 100 Mbps full duplex), with several other services (telephony, TV, and unique local services) following soon. The Nuenen network is part of the Kenniswijk Project, an initiative of the Dutch government to encourage public and private organizations to start experimenting with and deploying FttH infrastructure and broadband services. By summer 2005, roughly 16,000 FttH connections will be realized in the Kenniswijk area. At the same time over 100 innovative services are being developed, 50 of which are already available.
Since the Dutch Government does not invest in infrastructure directly, FttH in the Netherlands is a fully market-driven process. In the past years, companies were very reluctant to invest large amounts in such new ventures, due to economic circumstances. In Nuenen however, a new business model was used that made it possible to realize this large-scale project within a mere 6 months. In this business model, the individual households have joined a cooperative society - “Ons Net” (Our Network) - which pays for and owns the network. This model ensures a high degree of user commitment and an extremely high degree of active users (97% in Nuenen!). This overwhelming success rate has shown housing corporations, banks, and private financers that it is relatively safe and worthwhile to invest in such a project and has resulted in their active participation, thus helping to overcome the financial bottleneck in the large-scale deployment of FttH. Therefore, this model is rapidly becoming a blueprint for FttH projects in the rest of the Netherlands, and lots of other countries have also shown a warm interest in the ‘Ons Net solution’. Besides the financial aspects, another important factor in the success of Ons Net is the development of innovative local broadband services, ranging from video consultations by family doctors to church services and sports broadcasts.
The Kenniswijk Project is carried out in the Eindhoven area (a larger city in the south of the Netherlands) where 100,000 consumers were selected to participate. A special project management organization – Kenniswijk BV – facilitates companies and institutions that want to experiment in this area with both innovative infrastructures as well as innovative services. Kenniswijk BV is also founding member of SCIN – Smart Communities International Networks – where best practices and lessons learned are exchanged with similar projects around the world.
Now that a substantial FttH infrastructure is operational, Kenniswijk is actively looking for companies in the Netherlands and abroad, that would like to use this network as a test bed for their innovations. Also, Kenniswijk offers support for governments, companies, and institutes that want to start projects on broadband infrastructure or broadband services development. In addition, multiple services that have already successfully been launched in Kenniswijk are available for deployment elsewhere. For more information, see www.kenniswijk.nl/english/.