Primevest Capital Partners completes the sale of Dutch FTTH portfolio to KPN

 
 
Primevest Capital Partners, a prominent pan-European investment management company in passive infrastructure of fiber-optic networks, has announced the successful sale of its Dutch Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) portfolio to KPN, a leading telecommunications company in the Netherlands.

This strategic transaction marks a significant milestone for Primevest CP and underscores its successful investment strategy in passive communication infrastructure assets.

Primevest CP started investing in the rollout of fibre-optic networks in the Netherlands in a consortium with T-Mobile and Volker Wessels Telecom in 2019. The consortium aimed to accelerate the deployment of fibre optics in inner-urban areas of large Dutch cities, where the level of fibre-optic connectivity significantly lagged behind rural regions. Over the past four years, Primevest CP has made substantial investments in The Hague, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam, successfully establishing a robust portfolio of over 125,000 Homes Passed.

Primevest CP’s activities have contributed to a huge acceleration in the roll-out plans of other industry players in the Dutch market. Recent times have witnessed a profound consolidation within the sector, leading Primevest CP to conclude that it is opportune to divest the FTTH portfolio in order to maximize value for its investors. Several market players showed an interest in acquiring the network. Aside from the financial terms, KPN also portrayed a sensible approach in preserving and strengthening the relationship with T-Mobile as the existing user of the network.

Bas van Dongen, communications infrastructure partner at Primevest Capital Partners, said: “We are proud to have played a pivotal role in accelerating the roll-out of fibre-optic networks in the Netherlands and that we have been able to benefit from the momentum in the market to provide our investors with an attractive return on their investments. Our collaboration with T-Mobile and Volker Wessels Telecom has been instrumental in achieving our objectives and we look back on this partnership with great satisfaction.”

While divesting its FTTH portfolio in the Netherlands, Primevest CP remains committed to investing in other key areas through its joint venture Open German Fiber. Furthermore, Primevest CP is currently establishing its second communication infrastructure fund (“PCIF II”). The company will maintain its focus on investments in Dutch business parks, supporting the digital infrastructure requirements of commercial enterprises, and expanding its investment portfolio in Germany.

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realising sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energised by the current trend of urbanisation and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of around 65 professionals manage more than €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. The complementary brands joined forces in 2021 to grow their market position and network, as well as to strengthen each other. This has enabled us to provide a sustainable financial future to a larger and more diverse client base. The group initiated a total of over 60 funds, of which 29 are currently active. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please contact:

Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

 

In-house expertise and the right investment strategy make the difference in financing fiber

 
 
Fiber optic cable networks are fast becoming an important asset class and the successful partnership between Primevest Capital Partners (Primevest CP) and Germany’s Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) highlights how a distinctive approach to investing is bringing super-fast internet into even more homes.

To date, the Netherlands-based Primevest CP and HCOB have worked together on four deals to develop fiber optic networks in Germany, totalling more than €100 million. The relationship is mutually beneficial. HCOB provides customized financing which meets Primevest CP’s requirements. Primevest CP, in turn, selects the assets, brings in general contractors and monitors construction, and then leases the newly-built network to the specially selected internet service provider (ISP) on a long-term agreement.

It is not a new field for HCOB, which began investigating the opportunities offered by fiber optic cable networks in 2014, starting with greenfield sides. ‘The parameters are very different to other asset classes,’ says Inka Klinger, HCOB’s Head of Project Finance. ‘We were a pioneer when we started and it took a while to build up an understanding of the market.’ The market has moved on rapidly since then, as has HCOB’s expertise. ‘One of our tasks is to identify new trends and opportunities in the energy and infrastructure market. At the same time, you have to build up knowledge and experience quickly to achieve a good market position as an expert, and to benefit from early mover advantages,’ she says.

HCOB’s first broadband transaction involved a German fiber optic subsidiary set up by Dutch construction group Volker Wessels. ‘Germans are generally late adopters and the Netherlands was advanced in fiber rollout,’ says Gerrit Hecking, Senior Vice President Project Finance for Infrastructure at the Hamburgbased bank, as he looks back to the early years.

Read full article: Interview with Primevest Captial Partners and Hamburg Commercial Bank about financing fiber. 

Interview has been conducted by Robin Pascoe of Dutch News.

 

 

 

 

Partnership project kicks off: A modern fiber-optic network is being installed in Rösrath, Germany

 
 
Kleineichen, located east of Cologne, is the first district that is ready for it; as part of the partnership between Open German Fiber (Primevest Capital Partners, MEAG and ÄVWL ) and novanetz, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections are being installed. Anyone in Kleineichen who has concluded an agreement with novanetz during the preliminary marketing phase will receive an order confirmation shortly.

Those who have not yet submitted an agreement should do so now in order to benefit from the free installation of a fiber-optic connection. Now it’s up to all the residents of Forsbach to play their part. When about 40% of the residents in the area have signed a pre-agreement for a novanetz internet product, the fiber-optic network financed by Open German Fiber will also be installed free of charge in Forsbach, without any installation costs for the residents. To reach this volume, agreements can be submitted until 30 June 2023.

“We welcome and support the willingness of Open German Fiber and novanetz to have a sustainable broadband network installed here in Rösrath. In the first phase, it is up to the residents in Kleineichen and Forsbach to play their part. Seize this opportunity for a future-proof Rösrath”, says Mayor Bondina Schulze.

In order to ensure a reliable fiber-optic internet connection for every household, a fiber-optic network must be installed throughout the area. This state-of-the-art network operates independently of the commonly used copper and cable technology and involves a switch of technology. This means that attempts will no longer be made to get more out of a technology than is physically possible. A completely new infrastructure is being created, or rather, a supply network, which extends through the neighbourhoods and suburbs and connects every household with its own fiber-optic cable.

To make the installation possible, we need the support of the residents. In other projects, we have seen that there are often a few neighbours who are actively committed to meeting the quota. “It is very important that the creation of fiber optics on site becomes the number one topic of conversation for a few weeks”, emphasizes Dennis Kornehl, director of novanetz GmbH & Co. KG.

When the quota is reached in the preliminary marketing phase, Open German Fiber, the partnership between MEAG, Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe and Primevest Capital Partners, invests in the passive communications network, while the main contractor German Fiber Solution (GFS) arranges the network. The provider, novanetz, then operates the active fiber-optic network.

The goal of all partners is to build a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in large parts of the municipality of Rösrath in the coming years, thus enabling access to fiber optics for all citizens”, says Klaus Leckelt, Senior Acquisitions Manager at Primevest.

After the successful start of this first project, the idea is to include subsequent neighbourhoods in the preliminary marketing phase and to expand them in a timely manner.

More information about the project and the possibility to register directly is available at www.glasfaser-roesrath.de. Information and documentation can also be requested via info@novanetz.de, www.novanetz.de or by telephone at 0511 9999 8038.

 

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realizing sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energized by the current trend of urbanization and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of around 70 professionals manage more than €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. The complementary brands joined forces in 2021 to grow their market position, network and to strengthen each other. Through this, we are able to provide a sustainable financial future to a larger and more diverse client base. The group initiated a total of over 60 funds, of which 28 are currently active. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please contact:
Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

Contact at municipality of Rösrath:
Daniel Jan Moch
Broadband Coordinator
Tel.: +49 (0) 2205 802 404
DanielJan.Moch@roesrath.de
www.roesrath.de

About novanetz
novanetz is an internet service provider that is specialised in fibre-optic products, which are available when the fibre-optic network is connected in the home. The company offers high-speed internet products that can unleash the enormous potential of new fibre-optic technology with modern, contemporary download and upload speeds that are not achieved by conventional technologies such as DSL or VDSL. Together with their partners, novanetz is actively contributing to the federal government’s efforts to provide direct fibre-optic connections in regions which are not currently connected to an FTTH network. novanetz works with partners such as local energy companies, construction companies or municipalities in the construction and operation of the fibre-optic infrastructure.

Press contact at novanetz GmbH & Co. KG:
Dennis Kornehl
Director
Tel.: +49 (0) 511 9999 8035
presse@novanetz.de
www.novanetz.de

About MEAG
MEAG is the asset manager of the Munich Re Group. With their presence in Europe, Asia and North America, they offer their extensive know-how to institutional investors and private clients. MEAG currently manages assets worth approximately €307 billion, of which €55 billion is for private and institutional investor

Press contact at MEAG:
Dr. Josef Wild
Press spokesman
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 2489 2072
jwild@meag.com
www.meag.com

About GFS  
GFS is a skilled team with 20 years’ worth of experience in the field of fibre-optic network construction. Since the start of privatisation in the telecom sector, GFS has supervised all relevant projects for construction in Germany. GFS boasts a high-quality portfolio of projects covering both project planning as well as its execution and documentation. Due to its many years of experience, successfully completed projects as the main contractor, and not least through its close contacts with other communications companies, GFS knows exactly what the turnkey delivery of projects and networks is all about.

 

Hamburg Commercial Bank finances further fiber optic project for Primevest Capital Partners

 
 
Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) is providing EUR 31.3 million in financing to the "Communication Infrastructure Fund" launched by Primevest Capital Partners (Primevest CP) for the roll-out of fiber-optic infrastructure in sub-urban and more rural regions among others close to the cities of Freiburg, Hadamar and Cham. This is already the fourth financing provided by Hamburg Commercial Bank to Primevest Capital Partners within one and a half years.
  • Fiber-optic network expansion for more than 20,000 private households in several German states
  • Funding under KfW’s “Digital Infrastructure” program

The investment loan is funded under the German government’s KfW Digital Infrastructure Program, which was launched to support the construction and expansion of the national fiber-optic network. As Primevest CP’s principal bank in Germany, Hamburg Commercial Bank has integrated the program into this financing. Under the current project, the necessary infrastructure will be expanded and leased to the network operator Vodafone, which will provide more than 20,000 private households with fiber-optic network connections (FTTH: fiber-to-the-home).

“We are pleased to have closed our fourth financing in 18 months with Primevest CP – a highly experienced investor in digital infrastructure,” said Inka Klinger, Head of Project Finance at Hamburg Commercial Bank. “In total, these projects will enable more than 120,000 private households to be equipped with fiber optic cables. Given the still insufficient supply of this modern technology in Germany, this is an important step towards nationwide availability with fiber optic cables.”

Bas van Dongen, communications infrastructure partner at Primevest Capital Partners, said: “With the fourth financing we have now secured the debt funding for the complete investment portfolio of the Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund. The willingness of HCOB to continue with financing Primevests’ projects shows the good relationship and that at our way of investing in fiber-optic networks is highly appreciated providing stable and secure cash flows. We are looking forward to further expanding our investment portfolio in the coming period with the launch of PCIF II.”

Copyright picture: Hamburg Commercial Bank 

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realizing sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energized by the current trend of urbanization and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of around 70 professionals manage more than €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. The complementary brands joined forces in 2021 to grow their market position, network and to strengthen each other. Through this, we are able to provide a sustainable financial future to a larger and more diverse client base. The group initiated a total of over 60 funds, of which 28 are currently active. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please contact:

Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

About Hamburg Commercial Bank
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (HCOB) is a private commercial bank headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. HCOB offers its clients a high level of structuring expertise in real estate financing and has a strong market position in international shipping. The bank is one of the pioneers in pan-European project financing of renewable energies and digital infrastructure. HCOB offers individual solutions for international corporate clients as well as a focused corporate customer business in Germany. Reliable and timely payment products as well as other trade finance solutions also support the need of the bank’s customers. HCOB is aligning its activities with established ESG criteria.

For more information, please visit www.hcob-bank.de or contact:

Katrin Steinbacher
Head of Press Office
Phone 040 3333-11130
katrin.steinbacher@hcob-bank.com

Thomas Schwitalla
Press spokesman
Phone 040 3333-11425
Mobile 0170 48 68 137
thomas.schwitalla@hcob-bank.com

 

Official kick-off of the installation of fiber-optic cables by Yplay in Neuberg with investors Primevest & MEAG

 
 
After a successful finalisation of the marketing phase by internet provider Yplay Germany GmbH from Altenstadt, the installation of fiber-optic cables throughout Neuberg can now begin. For the official kick-off of the installation, Mayor Jörn Schachtner of Neuberg and representatives of Yplay met at the site where a new point of presence (PoP) has been planned.

Others who were also present at the event included the executive civil engineering contractor GFS (German Fiber Solution) and the project investors, Primevest Capital Partners and MEAG, the asset managers of Munich Re and ERGO. Through their joint venture Open German Fiber, Primevest Capital Partners, MEAG and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe are constructing local fiber-optic networks in under-served regions in Germany.

“We are not only investing in fibre-optic networks as such, but particularly in the infrastructure that is essential for the digital future”. “Together with Yplay, we want to launch more projects in the Wetterau area and the Main-Kinzig district in the coming months, thus rolling out a network across the entire expanse of the region”, explains Klaus Leckelt, Senior Acquisitions Manager of Primevest Capital Partners.

“We are very happy to have Yplay as a great local partner and we are proud to invest in a sustainable infrastructure that will boost Germany’s social, economic and digital development,” say Felix Kreppel and David Pecher, Investment Managers at MEAG. When installation begins in the various sub-areas, the residents of Neuberg still have the opportunity to have a connection to their homes installed free of charge. Once work has begun, Yplay can only restrospectively make a connection available for an amount of at least €1,500.

“All residents of Neuberg can now make good use of the opportunity to ensure a free fibre-optic connection. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to a successful collaboration with Yplay and the civil engineering contractor and thank the investors who gave me an exciting glimpse behind the scenes”, said Neuberg’s Mayor Jörn Schachtner in closing.

Contact details of the contractor (German Fiber Solution) and the current state of the entire installation will soon be available on www.yplay.de/neuberg. Orders can also be placed online via this link.

About Primevest Capital Partners

Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realizing sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energized by the current trend of urbanization and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of around 70 professionals manage more than €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. The complementary brands joined forces in 2021 to grow their market position, network and to strengthen each other. Through this, we are able to provide a sustainable financial future to a larger and more diverse client base. The group initiated a total of over 60 funds, of which 28 are currently active. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please contact:
Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

 

MEAG, Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe and Primevest Capital Partners create a partnership to deploy fiber-optic networks in Germany through a wholesale company

 
 
MEAG, Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL) and Primevest Capital Partners (Primevest CP), have reached agreement on creating the joint venture Open German Fiber to deploy Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) in Germany. During its formation, the company already secured selected areas in Hessen and North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the joint venture’s targeted structure, MEAG and ÄVWL will each hold 40% and Primevest CP 20%. MEAG will invest on behalf of entities of Munich Re and MEAG European Infrastructure One, MEAG’s infrastructure equity fund for institutional investors.

The joint venture will operate as a wholesale company and, together with anchor internet service providers (ISPs), it is set to deploy local fiber-optic networks in underserved areas across Germany. Primevest CP has been appointed as the asset manager and will coordinate investment plans to ensure that the infrastructure is built in accordance with the highest industry standards and tailored to operators’ needs.

For the initial regions, MEAG, ÄVWL and Primevest CP jointly selected areas which will provide at least 150,000 homes with access to high-speed internet. The areas are located in the regions of Hessen and North Rhine-Westphalia, where the ISPs novanetz and YplaY will be responsible for marketing the fiber-optic network to customers. Construction work in the regions will commence this year.

Primevest CP already has a presence in the same regions and partnered with the same ISPs through investments in its first Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund (PCIF). Primevest CP will soon launch its second fund, PCIF II, and has already begun to raise equity. It is envisaged that PCIF II will also participate in the consortium.

Dominik Damaschke, Head of Infrastructure Equity at MEAG: “We are very pleased to have teamed up with Primevest CP and ÄVWL on this investment to build a successful long-term relationship. In addition, I am particularly pleased that – with Open German Fiber – we have generated the first investment for our recently launched infrastructure equity fund MEAG European Infrastructure One. Ongoing digitalisation leads to increasing data volumes and FTTH is the only technology that is able to cope with the required higher volume of data throughput. We see a huge market potential for the FTTH market in Germany. Despite its position as Europe’s largest economy, Germany significantly lags behind in FTTH coverage. We are proud to invest in a sustainable infrastructure that accelerates Germany’s social, economic and digital development, and also ensures attractive long-term returns.”

Markus Altenhoff, Chief Investment Officer at ÄVWL: “Last but not least, the Covid-19 pandemic – with its far-reaching protective measures to avoid contact – has shown how important a resilient digital infrastructure is. Only once this is in place can home office, home schooling and the like be guaranteed. With this investment, ÄVWL is proud to be able to support the nationwide expansion of the fiber-optics network in Germany. At the same time, by investing in a future-oriented and system-relevant business model, ÄVWL is adding another investment of stable cash flows and an attractive risk/return profile to its infrastructure portfolio.”

Bas van Dongen, Head of Communication Infrastructure at Primevest Capital Partners: “As first-mover in this asset class with a strategy focused on investing in passive communication infrastructure assets with long-term leases with internet service providers, we now see that this investment model is increasingly adopted by the industry. We are very pleased that we have been able to form a consortium together with MEAG and ÄVWL, leveraging on the knowledge and expertise we have built over the last few years and capturing the many investment opportunities in our investment pipeline. The roll out in the Hessen and NRW regions is a good example of Primevest’s successful investment strategy in Germany”.

The transaction is subject to approval from the competent merger control authorities and closing is expected in the course of 2022.

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specialises in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realising sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energised by the current trend of urbanisation and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of 70 professionals manage €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. The complementary brands joined forces in 2021 to grow their market position, network and to strengthen each other. Through this, we are able to provide a sustainable financial future to a larger and more diverse client base. The group initiated a total of over 60 funds, of which 34 are currently active. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

PCIF has invested circa €250 million in greenfield fiber-optic networks in Germany and the Netherlands and has a further €100 million of investments currently under construction. PCIF works closely with telecommunications and cable operators, municipalities and other stakeholders and offers investors stable cash flow based on long-term leases with network operators. PCIF II will continue the successful investment strategy from the first fund. PCIF II will invest in telecommunications infrastructure assets, with a focus on assets in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium, and is targeting total assets under management between €500 to €600 million with 70% invested in fiber-optic networks and 30% in traffic aggregation points and data centres.

For more information, please contact:
Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

About MEAG
MEAG is the asset manager of Munich Re and ERGO with offices in Europe, Asia and North America and offers its extensive know-how to institutional investors and private clients. MEAG currently manages assets to the value of around €309 bn, €57 bn of which is for institutional investors and private clients.

Our recently launched infrastructure equity fund MEAG European Infrastructure One complements MEAG’s existing debt offering in the field of infrastructure and will invest in the transformation of the energy industry, digital infrastructure, sustainable transport and other essential infrastructure topics. The fund is classified under Article 8 of the EU Disclosure Regulation and has an attractive risk-reward profile.

About Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL) is an institution of Ärztekammer Westfalen-Lippe. It is one of the largest professional pension funds in Germany with a current investment volume of around €15.5 billion, and is responsible for the retirement and occupational disability benefits of more than 60,000 members and pensioners.

 

Start of the fiber-optic installation across the entire city of Rahden, Germany

 
 
The Rahden fiber-optic installation project has begun and is on target: installation is scheduled for full expansion of the fiber-optic network throughout the city. Gustav internet is starting the Rahden project expansion with about 2,300 contracts.

“We welcome and support the willingness of Primevest Capital Partners and gustav to set up a future-proof broadband service here in Rahden. Use this opportunity for a future-proof Rahden,” says the Mayor Dr. Bert Honsel.

“It is especially important that the benefits of transitioning to fiber-optic technology are shared by everyone. It is particularly those who already have a somewhat better service in the city centre or in the small villages today but not in a future-proof manner, whose contract will contribute to the success of the full fiber-optic expansion, which is thus made possible for all rural districts”, emphasizes Dennis Kornehl, Managing Director of gustav internet.

This creates a sustainable supply network that already covers all future needs for bandwidth requirements and applications, even if the current internet speed on the older copper technology is still adequate. This is highly relevant in terms of the robustness of the connections (home schooling, home office, numerous video and cloud applications) and not least in terms of a property valuation on sale or when there is a generation change.

Participation in public life is made possible for all generations even for senior citizens with video conferencing, TV on demand, telemedicine applications, etc. In addition, the prospect of a comprehensive fiber-optic network will, for the first time, enable the community to address many new opportunities and achieve many aspects in the digital community.

The aim of all cooperating partners is to build a comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) fiber-optic network across the entire city of Rahden, thus enabling all citizens to access the fiber-optic network,” adds Klaus Leckelt, Senior Acquisitions Manager at Primevest Capital Partners.

Product contracts can be submitted to gustav internet either by post, email scan, or on site to EP Hauke. Feel free to talk about the project to your city councillors, and local leaders in the individual neighbourhoods of the city.

About Primevest Capital Partners

Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specialises in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities and realising sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energised by the current trend of urbanisation and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of 70 professionals manage €3 billion in real assets across 12 European countries including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds. PCIF I has invested circa €250 million in greenfield fiber-optic networks in Germany and the Netherlands and has a further €100 million of investments currently under construction. PCIF II will continue the successful investment strategy from PCIF I and invest in passive fiber-optic infrastructure assets, with a focus on assets in Germany.

Press contact Primevest Capital Partners:
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Communications
Tel.:  +31 (0) 33 750 47 54
Email:   lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
Website: www.primevestcp.com

About GFS    
GFS is a professional team with 20 years’ worth of experience in the field of fiber-optic network development. GFS has accompanied all relevant expansion projects in Germany right from the beginning of privatisations in the telecommunications sector. GFS offers a high-quality service portfolio, from planning to implementation and documentation. Drawing on many years’ worth of experience, successfully completed projects as a general contractor, and not least through its close customer contacts with other telecommunications companies, GFS knows what is important when it comes to the turnkey handover of projects and networks.

About gustav internet
gustav internet is an internet provider that specialises in real fiber-optic products, providing Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) through the fiber-optic network. The company offers high-speed internet products, taking advantage of the enormous potential of the new FTTH technology – with modern, contemporary download and upload speeds that conventional technologies such as cable networks or VDSL cannot offer. Together with its partners, gustav internet actively contributes to the Federal Government’s broadband objective by providing fiber-optic connections directly to regions that are not currently connected to a fiber-optic network. gustav internet works together with partners such as local energy suppliers, construction companies or municipalities to set up and operate the fiber-optic infrastructure.

Press contact gustav internet:
Dennis Kornehl
Tel.:      +49(0) 511 9999 8035
Email:  presse@gustavinternet.de
Website: www.gustavinternet.de

 

Hamburg Commercial Bank finances further fiber optic project for Primevest Capital Partners

 
 
Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) is providing long-term financing of EUR 21.5 million to the "Communication Infrastructure Fund" launched by Primevest Capital Partners (Primevest CP) for the expansion of fiber-optic infrastructure in more rural regions around the Frankfurt/Main and Bonn metropolitan areas. This is already the third financing that Hamburg Commercial Bank has provided for Primevest Capital Partners within a year.
  • Fiber-optic network expansion for 15,600 private households in more rural areas around Frankfurt/Main and Bonn
  • Funding under KfW’s “Digital Infrastructure” program

The investment loan is funded under the German government’s KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) “Digital Infrastructure” Program on behalf the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV). It was launched to support the construction and expansion of the national fiber-optic network. As Primevest CP’s principal bank in Germany, Hamburg Commercial Bank integrated the program for this financing. Under the project, the fiber-optic networks in Hessen and North Rhine-Westphalia will be further expanded and leased to interested Internet providers. Around 15,600 private households will be supplied with fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections.

“Primevest CP is a very experienced investor in digital infrastructure,” said Inka Klinger, Head of Project Finance at Hamburg Commercial Bank. “Due to the very well-coordinated cooperation and a certain repeat character, we can competently and efficiently implement the transaction, which is very important for the still underserved fiber market in Germany.”

Bas van Dongen, Partner Communications Infrastructure at Primevest Capital Partners, said: “We are happy that we can leverage on the strong relationship with Hamburg Commercial Bank. The expertise of HCOB combined with the funding under the KfW’s “Digital Infrastructure” program is important to further finance new investments in the industry. With our attractive pipeline of investments, we aim at continuing the good relationship and further contribute to the growing digital economy”.

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique specializing in investments in innovative real estate. Primevest Capital Partners aims to contribute to the sustainable financial future of our clients by investing in the future of our cities, providing sustainable living, increasing connectivity and promoting mobility. Our investment philosophy and sustainable goals are driven by the current trend of urbanization and the opportunity to meet the needs of modern urban communities while improving the quality of life and sustainability of metropolitan residents. From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of 70 professionals manages €3 billion in assets, including sector-related funds, individual institutional mandates and some funds targeting private investors and, following the acquisition of Holland Immo Group, family offices. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please to contact:

Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

About Hamburg Commercial Bank:
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (HCOB) is a private commercial bank headquartered in Hamburg. HCOB offers its clients a high level of structuring expertise in real estate financing and has a strong market position in international shipping. The bank is one of the pioneers in the pan-European project financing of renewable energies and digital infrastructure. HCOB offers individual solutions for international corporate clients as well as a focused corporate business in Germany. Reliable and timely payment products as well as other trade finance solutions also support the need of the bank’s customers. HCOB is aligning its activities with established ESG criteria.

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Hamburg Commercial Bank finances further optic-fiber project for Primevest Capital Partners

 
 
Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) provides a long-term financing of EUR 35 million to the "Communication Infrastructure Fund" launched by Primevest Capital Partners (Primevest CP) for the expansion of fiber-optic infrastructure in the regions around Hanover, Leverkusen and Münster.
  • Expansion of Fiber-to-the-Home network for 45,000 private households in Hanover, Leverkusen and Münster
  • Funding under KfW’s “Digital Infrastructure” program

The investment loan is funded under the German government’s KfW Digital Infrastructure program, which was launched to support the construction and expansion of the fiber-optic network. As Primevest CP’s principal bank in Germany, Hamburg Commercial Bank has been involved in the program for this financing. Under the project, the fiber-optic networks in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia will be further expanded and leased to interested Internet providers. Around 45,000 private households will be supplied with Fiber-to.the-Home (FTTH) connections.

“We have come to know Primevest CP as a very experienced investor in the digital infrastructure sector and are pleased to continue our cooperation with this transaction,” said Inka Klinger, Head of Project Finance at HCOB. “In a European comparison, Germany’s fiber penetration rate of just under 15 percent is far below the European Commission’s target which averages 40 percent. KfW’s ‘Digital Infrastructure’ program is used as an accelerator for fiber-optic expansion and was also involved in this project. With this financing, we are supporting the roll-out of a modern and sustainable FTTH network in Germany.”

Bas van Dongen, Partner Communications Infrastructure at Primevest CP, said, “With this new project, we have further strengthened our good relationship with HCOB, benefitting from the expertise of the infrastructure finance specialists that support Primevest in its ambition to further grow the investment portfolio. With many investments in the pipeline, we expect more announcements to follow soon.”

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specialises in investments in innovative real assets. At Primevest Capital Partners, our vision is to help our clients to provide for their sustainable financial future by investing in the future of our cities in realising sustainable urban living, improving connectivity, and enabling mobility. Our investment philosophy and vision are energised by the current trend of urbanisation and the ability to fulfil the needs of modern metropolitan communities, while enhancing the quality and sustainability of people’s lives.

From our offices in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Berlin, a team of 70 professionals manage €3 billion in assets including sector-focused funds, individual institutional mandates and a number of funds targeting private investors as well as family offices following acquisition of the Holland Immo Group. Primevest Capital Partners is part of Primevest Capital Partners Holding B.V.

For more information, please to contact:

Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications
T: +31 6 832 005 61
lisette.vanderham@primevestcp.com
www.primevestcp.com

 

Robin Marriott of PropertyEU interviews Frank Noé about digital communication infrastructure

 
 
Article in PropertyEU by Robin Marriott in the Alternative Watch edition- Digital Infrastructure communication – interview with Frank Noé of Primevest Capital Partners.

When real estate investors think of digital communication infrastructure perhaps the first images that come to mind are of those mobile telecom masts and data centres. However, outside this sphere, is a third category of digital infrastructure which seems to get relatively less attention.

Given the important part fibre cables play in digital infrastructure, it is surprising it is not spoken more of. As the internet grows ever more powerful fuelling business growth and personal leisure time, you would think investors in real estate assets could not afford to overlook returns from the development of the fibre network. Fibre optic cables have been around for decades, so they are not new. They are preferred to copper networks for being relatively inexpensive in comparison, and for being better at carrying signals for longer distances, while also cutting electromagnetic interference.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that very few real estate companies have a specialization in fibre cabling. After all, it does not sound like a real estate business. But one that does is Primevest Capital Partners, the Netherlands-based company which has a digital infrastructure business alongside carparks and residential property. The company launched its first Communication Infrastructure Fund in 2017 giving it a “first mover” advantage and, is launching a second fund that aims to amass up between €800mln – €1bn of assets. Primevest is involved in the “passive” layer of fibre cables meaning “all” it does is identify areas of demand, gains the necessary permissions, employs contractors to dig up the ground to lay the cable, and rents it out to an operator such as Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom or NKL on long term leases.

Frank Noé, Head of Capital Formation at the group, says: ‘Fibre optic cable is the backbone of our future economies, the backbone of growth, and decent work environments, and the very information society that the EU is striving for.’

Read full interview (for subscribers): https://lnkd.in/eKreyEpm