Gas supplier and telecommunications company cooperate to provide faster Internet
Kassel/Saarlouis. natural gas company WINGAS has been marketing its fiber-optic network, which runs parallel to its natural gas pipelines, for the purpose of high-speed data transmission for over a decade. Now, thanks to an agreement signed between WINGAS and the company inexio KGaA from the town of Saarlouis in the Saarland, areas across Germany that have previously lacked adequate network coverage can profit from these lines, with inexio set to provide towns and communities with high-speed Internet access and modern telecommunications services by connecting to the powerful fiber-optic network of the WINGAS Group.
"During the debate in recent months about closing the gaps in the network there have been an increasing number of inquiries regarding connecting end customers directly. Now, with WINGAS and inexio, we have now found the right partners for expanding the broadband network," David Zimmer, founder and personally liable partner of inexio KGaA, underlines.
WINGAS serves the market as an infrastructure provider only with its fiber-optic network and provides telecommunications providers with access to its extended network. inexio, on the other hand, is focusing on expanding its own fiber-optic networks across the country - in the past it operated primarily in the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. In particular, the company is investing in connecting areas with poor network coverage with its own network and technology, right to the last small hamlet. Since introducing the end customer brand QUIX, inexio's services have also been available to household consumers.
The cooperation between the two specialists now opens up the possibility of Internet connection rates of up to 50 MBit/s, and in some cases even more, for consumers and businesses in other areas. The division of tasks in the cooperation is clear: WINGAS provides the trans-regional infrastructure and inexio carries out - usually together with the municipality concerned - the actual connection of the towns and villages.
The first projects in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hessen are already being negotiated and it is hoped that they will reach the signing stage before the end of the year. "This business relationship really enhances our service portfolio," Dr. Ludwig Möhring, Managing Director at WINGAS explains. "With its trans-regional fiber-optic network our company is enabling inexio to offer attractive products in the end customer segment. I firmly believe that this cooperation will allow us to make a contribution to the federal government's broadband program together."
David Zimmer confirms the potential of the cooperation: "The fields of expertise of the two companies complement each other perfectly. Technically ambitious projects which allow customers in areas with poor network coverage to take a quantum leap in Internet access are easy to realize with a partner like WINGAS and allow us to continue growing organically in a very competitive market."
The first step for the partners will be to respond to requests in regions such as Odenwald, Spessart and the Schwarzwald. Other areas along the WINGAS network will follow step by step.
European energy provider WINGAS GmbH & Co. KG is active in natural gas trading and distribution in Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Austria, the Czech Republic and Denmark. Its customers include municipal utilities, regional gas suppliers, industrial firms and power plants. Since 1990 WINGAS has invested more than 3 billion Euros in the development of a natural gas transport and storage infrastructure. WINGAS TRANSPORT pipeline network, which is over 2,000 kilometers long, connects the major gas reserves in Siberia and in the North Sea to the growing markets in Western Europe. In Rehden in North Germany, WINGAS has the largest natural gas storage facility in Western Europe - with a working gas volume of over four billion cubic meters, and the company also participates in Central Europe's second largest storage facility in Haidach, Austria. Additional natural gas storage facilities are currently being built in Great Britain and Germany in order to secure the supply of natural gas in Europe.
Since it was founded in 2007, inexio KGaA has built up its own telecommunications infrastructure with more than 1,600 kilometers of state-of-the-art fiber optic cable in the regions SaarLorLux and Rhineland-Palatinate. With three of its own computer centers in Saarlouis, Kaiserslautern and Luxembourg. and a redundant backbone to the two Internet nodes in Frankfurt and Luxembourg, the company offers its customers both reliability and performance.
inexio operates its own city networks in many cities, towns and communities – including rural areas – or provides these areas with broadband connections. With the Quix product line, it developed its own services for household customers. The full spectrum of IT services, from the design to the set-up and operation of IT and Internet solutions, rounds off the inexio portfolio. This gives customers service from a single source.
In 2009 inexio won the Deloitte Fast 50 in the Rising Star category, was in the final of the Entrepreneur competition by Ernst & Young, and won an award from Euler Hermes for its transparent finance communication. The company now employs around 50 staff.