The future of the optical fiber of the city of Lohr begins in Ruppertshütten

Ruppertshütten is becoming a surfer’s paradise – if you’re thinking about water sports on Sindersbachsee, you’re still going analog. It will soon be possible to surf digitally quickly in Ruppertshütten, as the fiber optic expansion began on Monday. By the end of the year, around 9,000 households across Lohr are expected to have access to fast Internet connections. According to Telekom, 188 kilometers of fiber optic cable will be laid for this purpose, which will make it possible to navigate at a speed of up to one gigabit per second. At the moment, a tenth of them are finished.

Deutsche Telekom and the Australian investment firm IFM, which are collaborating under the “Glass Fiber Plus” joint venture, want to supply optical fibers to two million households in Germany every year. For Lohr, Telekom’s Tobias Körber estimates the order volume to be between 15 and 20 million euros. Circet Germany is involved in the expansion of the infrastructure in Lohr in the purely private sector. At the opening ceremony in Ruppertshütten, division manager Stefan Hecht spoke of up to 120 employees who will simultaneously take care of the fiber optic extension.

the road is uprooted

Since the fiber optic cable does not terminate in the junction box on the street side, but must be inserted into the building, Telekom needs the approval of the owner for the connection of the house. Otherwise he will pass the house, said Wolfgang Neumann, regional head of infrastructure sales at Telekom. For the laying of the fiber optic cable, the road will be demolished and the new technology will be laid parallel to the copper cables currently used to power customers with the Internet.

Anyone in the expansion phase who subscribes to a fiber optic tariff with a telecommunications operator will receive the necessary home connection free of charge. “If you book after the expansion phase, the home connection will cost around 800 euros once,” explained Neumann. According to Stefan Hecht, the customer can surf faster immediately after the completion of the works and does not have to wait until the last fiber optic link has been laid in Lohr. To connect a single-family home, the expert estimates from a few hours to a day, depending on the location. “If there are more residential parties, there is an on-site investigation in advance,” he said.

Scheduled consultation with citizens

Ruppertshütten and Halsbach were chosen as starting points for the fiber optic expansion because planning for these small towns has already been completed. The Lohr building committee will address the issue at its meeting on 4 April, as some empty pipelines for fiber optic cables have already been laid in the city center during construction work. “Lohr has a network in the city center that we could buy,” said Stefan Hecht.

The mayor of Lohr, Mario Paul, spoke of “an absolutely important infrastructure for the future, from which Lohr is one of the first German cities to benefit”. He asked for your understanding in the event of any disruption due to construction work. These should be kept as low as possible. According to Paul, if distribution boxes are installed, this should be discussed closely with homeowners. “Residents will be informed street by street about the construction works,” explained Hecht. In addition, an hour of citizens’ consultation on the subject will be set up.

Slow internet in the construction area

The priority for the mayor of Lohr is the provision of the primary school in Wombach and the new development area there “Westlich der Hirtenäcker”, where the Internet is still rather slow. In addition to the increased bandwidth, the fiber-optic connection has another advantage, according to Neumann, regional manager of Telekom: those who have booked a certain speed also receive it, regardless of the distance from the distributor. The downside to the new technology, however, is “you have to go through each front yard to make the house connection,” says Neumann.

The corona pandemic fueled the discussion of a faster internet, because in many places deficits at work or in home lessons became apparent as the internet continued to stutter. According to Neumann, however, competition between telecom companies has really accelerated the expansion of optical fiber.

The urgency of Telekom is made evident by the fact that, according to Neumann, last year he was for the first time in the town hall of Lohr just before Christmas due to the expansion of the optical fiber. Rarely with other building measures does the work begin only three months later. Who would have thought that in Ruppertshütten, with its 800 inhabitants, the digital future would arrive sooner than in many districts of Würzburg?

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