Description / Explanation

With this model, BLK (Breitband Landkreis Karlsruhe, Broadband District Karlsruhe) will build the fibre optic backbone and the municipalities will construct the passive infrastructure (point of presence (POP)) in the communities (access network). This infrastructure will then be provided to an operator which will be selected through a Europe-wide bidding process (currently Inexio GmbH). According to the network provider contract, Inexio is responsible for operations, marketing, and for providing the actual telecommunication services (internet, telephone, and television) to the consumers. Inexio also had the responsibility of facilitating OpenAccess mechanisms as part of its award. Therefore, it offers alternative telecommunication companies a mechanism by which they can deliver their customer products through the municipal broadband network.