The German Broadband Association (BREKO) represents the majority of all alternative fixed line broadband network operators in Germany. BREKO members rely on future-proof fibre infrastructures and currently account for more than 60 percent of the competitive FTTB/H deployment.
Since its inception in 1999, BREKO has successfully advocated competition on the German telecommunications market. Our more than 290 members, including more than 170 city and regional carriers as well as municipal utilities, provide urban as well as rural areas, the so-called “white spots”, with high-performance fibre access. To this end, they invest more than EUR 1.5 billion every year. BREKO companies thus make a major contribution to the comprehensive fibre deployment in Germany as well as to the achievement of the German Federal Government’s broadband targets.
BREKO members are willing and prepared to continue their significant investments in order to establish fibre as the proper foundation for digitisation and to pave the way for Germany towards the Gigabit Society. BREKO is committed to achieving this goal by providing expert knowledge on adequate political and regulatory framework conditions. Consequently, the leading German fibre association has positioned itself with a clear infrastructure target of comprehensive coverage of fibre access providing at least 1 Gbps by 2025.
BREKO has evolved into a strong union consisting of the BREKO Association, the BREKO Purchasing Group, and the BREKO Service Company. Within this union, we join the forces of our members to strengthen competition on the German telecommunications market!
BUGLAS (Bundesverband Glasfaseranschluss) is the German federal association for optical fiber access. Founded in 2009 BUGLAS has ever since been promoting Fiber to the Building/Home (FTTB/H) as the only future-proof and sustainable broadband access technology to meet the ever-increasing demand for high bandwidths. Many of BUGLAS’s 80 member companies have been deploying FTTB/H-access in Germany since 1999 and they are among the main drivers of fiber roll-out in Germany.
Members of BUGLAS connect private households as well as enterprises looking for superfast internet connections. BUGLAS aims for predictable legislative and regulatory framework conditions which grants infrastructure competition and allows the necessary long-term investments into FTTB/H-networks.
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CMG-AE (Computer Measurement Group – Austria & Eastern Europe) is an open, vendor independent forum for stakeholders in the communication and information technology sector. The universal guideline of all CMG activities is how to implement innovation in a meaningful, economical and sustainable way for the benefit of society. CMG is part of an international Non-Profit-Organization, called CMG. The headquarter is based in the USA.
Since establishment 1995 in Austria CMG has successfully established more than 10 working groups on different technical topics. The output based on reports, position papers, workshops, study-tours, conferences and academies has influenced regulation, national standardization bodies, governmental organizations and the general public.
One of largest CMG groups is the Action Group Gigabit Fiber Access (AGGFA) working group established in 2009. The AGGFA is devoted to the promotion of FTTH and the wholesale only (Open Access Network – OAN) business models with the focus on rural areas, to disseminate the relevant knowledge and to provide a platform for exchange of experience and networking.
Dansk Energi (Danish Energy Association) is an organisation for the Danish utility companies. Dansk Energi’s members include electricity grid and transmission companies, electricity trading companies and electricity production companies.
16 local/regional utility companies – mainly cooperative owned – have deployed FTTH for more than 10 years with high attention on the importance of access to high-speed broadband as a pre-condition for future settlement and business opportunities.
The utilities are the main challenger to the incumbent operator on fixed line broadband who also hold a dominant position in the cable market.
Fiber Carrier Association (FCA) unites Dutch carriers to achieve mutual cooperation between fiber carriers. Our goal is to align Carriers, Government and Users. This will improve economic growth for the user, the sector and the Netherlands.
The digital economy develops at a fast pace and to support this development reliable and very fast connections are necessary. We see it as an important task to continue to guard the quality of these connections and to make fibre available for every company and household in the Netherlands.
Network operators (fiber carriers): 15 (members)
Other companies with telecom/ICT activities: 6 (Partners)
The Norwegian Fibre Association, FIBERFORENING.NO, was started in 2017. The core motivation for establishing the association was that local fibre companies desired a closed forum for cooperation, discussions and knowledge. Today, the association includes members from the whole value chain, in addition to the network owners.
There is lack of coordination, demands and standards on many parts of the value chain for a fibre-delivery in Norway. First, ordering parties set different demands and requirements. Secondly there are often no consequence on failing to deliver on these requirements as long as the end-customer gets online.
The association therefore has set out to be a knowledge hub including becoming the standardisation body for this industry in Norway.
Main job 1: Knowledge hub
Main job 2: The place to meet – melting pot
Main job 3: The voice of many
The members are divided in 3 groups:
InfraNum is a Federation established in 2012 which currently brings together more than 200 businesses from the different layers of the public initiative network value “chain”, representing a yearly turnover for the public initiative networks sector of more than EUR 2 billion.
InfraNum builds on the “French model” with shared public and private founding for durable development planning.
The National Federation of Utilities and Authorities (FNCCR) is an association of regional and local authorities specializing in local public network services covering energy- and water supply and waste management.
On the digital agenda, the FNCCR brings together local authorities (95 members) involved in the deployment of public initiative networks (RIPs) to guarantee very high-speed access to their territory. It works to rationalize the expenses necessary for the development of these networks, essentially in fiber optics. It supports the pooling of civil works, particularly in connection with other local public services (water, energy, etc.). It is campaigning for the implementation of national equalization schemes to accelerate the arrival of very high-speed broadband. The FNCCR brings together the local authorities responsible for the sharing of information for public services but also those involved in the better production of these services for citizens through E-administration.
The FNCCR was established in 1934. A representative and diversified body, it brings together authorities that delegate public services to companies and others who manage these public services themselves (boards, SEMs, user cooperatives, etc.).
The FNCCR supports its members in the technical, administrative and financial organization of local public network services and related activities (digital cartography and data management, pooling of resources, grouping of orders, etc.).
The FNCCR expresses the collective point of view of its members, in particular during the preparation of legislative and regulatory texts and in the context of negotiations of a national nature with companies delegated to them.
The FNCCR advocates national coherence and territorial solidarity through equalization tools. It supports inter-municipal co-operation on a scale large enough to provide public services with human and material resources adapted to the needs of consumers.
INCA is the association of the UK’s non-incumbent digital infrastructure operators – the Altnets. INCA’s members provide services in both urban and rural areas with a variety of business models – passive fibre infrastructure only, vertically integrated operators, hybrid fibre and wireless operators, fixed wireless providers, community-owned networks.
INCA’s members include CityFibre, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, B4RN, ITS Technology Group, UK Broadband, Airband, Vodafone, Sky, Calix, Tratos, Adtran, Wireless Infrastructure Group, Emtelle, Cambium, HellermanTyton.
Established in 1998, the Swedish Local Fibre Alliance (Svenska Stadsnätsföreningen), is a non-profit-making trade association. Members are mainly local authorities and companies which own or operate (mostly FTTH based) communications networks that are accessible and open to everyone. The Swedish Local Fibre Alliance also has members in the operator and supplier areas of the telecommunications and data communications sectors. Close contact between the different stakeholders in the sector is important to facilitate demand-driven services to end users.
VAT, Austrian Association of Alternative Telecom-network Operators, was founded in 1998 to act as a counterpart towards the incumbent and to represent their interest towards politics and regulatory bodies. In the last years VAT has focused on trying to achieve the best framework for investment in fibre networks for FTTH and 5G services. VAT represents a unique combination of fixed and mobile network operators and infrastructure companies, strengthened by regional network operators working for a common goal.
VAT – Verband Alternativer Telekom-Netzbetreiber