German ‘showcase tech town’ Bretten has its €20 million fibre-optic network completed by BBV, Primevest Capital Partners and ZTE partnership in final phase rollout

A partnership of ZTE Germany, Primevest Capital Partners and German broadband provider Breitbandversorgung Deutschland (BBV) has completed a €20 million roll-out of a fibre-optic cable network.

A partnership of ZTE Germany, Primevest Capital Partners and German broadband provider Breitbandversorgung Deutschland (BBV) has completed a €20 million roll-out of a fibre-optic cable network across Bretten in the Karlsruhe region in the south of Germany, linking more than 3,800 homes and 3,000 buildings and laying 700 kilometres of cables across the city. The final phase of the project added Bretten’s inner-city centre to the network.

Even before the network was expanded, the town of Bretten had become a showcase for the national roll-out of fibre-optic networks and the performance of this new technology in Germany, which has lagged other European economies in the adoption of high-speed broadband infrastructure. The partnership was such a success that it is now being used as a model for the further development of fibre-optic networks elsewhere in the country.

Kersten Walter, Senior Asset Manager at Primevest Capital Partners, said: “This was our first investment with ZTE and BBV where German insurance companies and pension funds are providing long-term capital through the Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund, to enable local network operators expand their fibre-optic networks. A key factor for the successful completion of this first project was the strong commitment of BBV, ZTE and Primevest Capital Partners to the partnership.”

Technology provider ZTE, investment manager Primevest Capital Partners and national network operator BBV Deutschland formed a partnership in the summer of 2017 to build a high-performance gigabit network in the city of Bretten. The first two phases connected five districts to the fibre-optic network, providing high-speed broadband access to private households, businesses, schools and public institutions from mid-2018. The final phase, now completed, encompassed Bretten’s inner-city centre and presented the partners with new challenges, including the need to relocate the city’s pedestrian zone and protect its historic houses. The three partners managed to complete the project on time despite these hurdles.

Manfred Maschek, Managing Director of BBV, said: “In February 2019 we became the very first network operator in Germany to provide symmetrical services ranging from 100 Mbit per second to 1 Gbit per second to private and business customers across Bretten. With the completion of the final phase, we have added a large number of new end-customers that far exceeded our expectations.”

The project represents technology provider ZTE’s entry into a broader Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) partnership and has acted as a catalyst for other projects in cooperation with BBV and Primevest.
Yang Lin, Managing Director of ZTE Deutschland GmbH, explained: “We will continue to concentrate on expanding fibre-optic networks across Germany. We have built up expertise though the installation of smaller networks in semi-rural areas that will enable us to carry out projects on a larger scale and with larger network operators in the future.”

ZTE was the general contractor for the project in the Karlsruhe district, supplying the active network components as well as expanding the entire passive network for Bretten. ZTE’s technology consists of Optical Line Terminals (OLTs) and Optical Network Terminations (ONTs), with the OLTs serving as nodes between the main network and the last mile to the customer.

About Primevest Investment Management
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that delivers innovative investment strategies in the asset classes of parking, telecommunications and contemporary and affordable living. We are one of the leading providers in Europe in our core business areas. We aim to provide our customers with attractive and sustainable returns. Primevest Capital Partners, with around 30 employees in Utrecht / the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany, currently manages assets of €1.7 billion, spread over eight sector-specific funds and three individual institutional mandates.

Press contact Primevest Capital Partners
Lisette van der Ham
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
+ 31683200561

About BBV Germany
Broadband provider Breitbandversorgung Deutschland (BBV) operates nationwide through regional companies focusing on rolling out global Internet services via Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) networks connecting residential and business customers in districts throughout the country. The company belongs to UK-based Infracapital, a financially strong firm that invests in the sustainable development and expansion of critical digital infrastructure via fund vehicles. The company focuses on the large-scale expansion of FTTH in underserved areas in semi-rural regions where broadband connections are inadequate. The company’s core competencies include planning, building and marketing high-performance and future-oriented FTTH products and networks. It is one of Germany’s private-sector pioneers with a reputation for being innovative. The company was the very first Internet provider to facilitate connectivity across a wide range of gigabits at symmetrical speeds as a standard. BBV is a member of the broadband and telecommunications associations Buglas, BREKO and VATM.

Further information:
Press contact:
Thomas Fuchs
Press office BBV Germany
Tel: 0171 4483 168 –

About ZTE
ZTE is a Chinese technology company that specialises in next-generation telecommunication systems, mobile devices and network solutions for consumers, network operators, companies and public-sector users. The company offers its customers integrated end-to-end solutions and delivers excellent value-added services for the increasingly converging telecommunications and information technology sectors. ZTE is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. Its products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE invests 10% of its annual sales on research and development and also participates as a leading player in a number of industry organisations for the development of international standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility as part of its CSR strategy and is a member of the UN Global Compact network.

For more information about the company, go to:

Pressekontakt ZTE
ZTE Deutschland GmbH
Susanne Baumann
Fritz-Vomfelde-Str. 26-30
40547 Düsseldorf
Tel. +49 163 8199405

Presseagentur ZTE
LEWIS Communications
Lisa Brandes/Ann-Christin Schiller
Johannstraße 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Tel. +49 (0) 211 8824 7601


Eindhoven to be First Large Dutch City Fully on Super-Fast Internet in Deal with Primevest Capital Partners and T-Mobile

Eindhoven is racing ahead to become the first major urban centre in the Netherlands with city-wide super-fast Internet connections, after an agreement between the municipality and telecoms provider T-Mobile unlocked an investment in the underlying fibre optic network for 29,000 households by ‘Smart Cities’ investor Primevest Capital Partners.

Bas van Dongen, Partner Communication Infrastructure at Primevest Capital Partners, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has clearly shown that the winning cities of the future will be those with the best Internet infrastructure that allows their digitalised economies to stay a step ahead of the rest online. Eindhoven is already renowned as a global academic centre of technological research excellence. The city’s agreement with our client T-Mobile, which will lease the fibre optic network from the Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund, is to provide superfast Internet service to three districts comprising around a quarter of the population that previously had no access to this next generation broadband service and is a big step in ensuring Eindhoven retains its pole position.”

The three Eindhoven districts of Centrum, Strijp and Gestel will, from August, be able to subscribe to a T-Mobile service providing internet access at a speed of 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). The Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund (PCIF) and T-Mobile are targeting the rollout of superfast fibre optic networks to at least 100,000 households in the Netherlands this year, with other cities expected to follow Eindhoven’s lead in achieving full ‘Next Generation’ Internet coverage.

VolkerWessels Telecom will construct the Eindhoven fibre optic network for PCIF and be responsible for maintenance. The company makes use of an innovative installation method in which cables are laid up to five times faster than standard techniques thereby causing less inconvenience in the local environment.

PCIF has around €65 million invested from long term pension fund and insurer institutional investors and a further €50 million of investments under construction. PCIF is targeting additional equity commitments in the coming period for institutional investors, with a minimum of €10 million in participation. The fund invests in communication infrastructure, with a focus on assets in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium, and is targeting total assets under management of between €500 to €600 million with 70% invested in fibre optic networks and 30% in traffic aggregation points and data centres.

Stijn Steenbakkers, City of Eindhoven Alderman, said: “I am delighted that the consortium of T-Mobile, Primevest CP and VolkerWessels Telecom will allow even more households in Eindhoven to benefit from fast fibre optics in a short time and with minimal inconvenience. In a few months, Eindhoven will be the first of the five major cities in the Netherlands to have fibre optics throughout the city. This is an important contribution to the continuity of the economy of our city, especially in these times when many people continue to work from home. Another special feature of this collaboration is that these 29,000 households and 1,100 small and medium-sized companies will have access to care services via Breedband Regio Eindhoven.”

BRE – Breedband Regio Eindhoven (Broadband Region Eindhoven), uses economy of scale to allow individual and/or groups of businesses, access to fibre optic infrastructure at competitive prices.

Søren Abildgaard, CEO of T-Mobile, concluded: “I am very proud that we are now providing a second major city in the Netherlands with high-speed internet after The Hague. Through our network we will also realise a link with BRE infrastructure and the Eindhoven Fiber eXchange. This makes it possible to open up a wide range of services to the FttH network, including the Regional Healthcare Infrastructure in Brabant. T-Mobile is also opening up this new network to all competitors on very attractive terms. And, by giving more consumers access to fast internet via fibre, we are following up on the promise we made after the merger with Tele2.”

About Primevest Capital Partners
Primevest Capital Partners is a pan-European investment boutique that specializes in innovative real estate and property investments. Due to the extensive industry knowledge with a focus on specialized investment sectors such as parking, telecommunications and affordable, contemporary living, Primevest Capital Partners has developed into a leading provider in these areas. Our top priority is to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns for our customers. In doing so, we pay attention to sustainable income and value creation. Primevest Capital Partners currently manages assets of 1.7 billion euros, spread across eight sector-specific funds and three individual institutional mandates. Primevest Capital Partners currently has 40 employees at its locations in Utrecht and Berlin.

For more information, please contact:
Lisette van der Ham
Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications