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Fiber networks

A fiber optic future for Bonaire

Petra van der Heij

Petra van der Heij

Petra werkt als Operations Manager voor NTCS. Zij voert de projectadministratie en is het aanspreekpunt voor consultants, klanten en leveranciers voor alle lopende zaken.

Telbo, the telecom operator of Bonaire will roll out glass fiber to eight thousand households and companies in the coming three years; and replaces in this manner the existing copper network. An ambitious Fiber-to-the-Home (FttH) project, in which NTCS has been involved from the onset.

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The request from Telbo

Telbo has requested NTCS with the business case, the project plan, and the negotiations with financiers and contractors.

The approach of NTCS

Erik van den Oever is the Project Leader on behalf of NTCS. In this role, he makes regular visits to Bonaire, and has conceived the project step-by-step in close collaboration with Telbo Management.

Phase one: Business Case and strategic decision

The first phase of the project included the business case. During this process all externalities that have an impact on the roll-out of FttH have been quantified and translated to their long-term cash flow effects. This has been a purely bespoken process, as we based the process entirely on the specific situation on Bonaire.

Various scenarios were compared. In this process, an early conclusion could be made: In each scenario in which the copper network would be retained, the operational costs were increasing. However, in scenarios with a (mostly) fiber optic network, the costs would shrink. Subsequently, the difference was reviewed between scenarios where clients were allowed to choose as to when they would want to switch to the fiber optic network , against a scenario with an accelerated replacement of the entire copper network with FttH.

In practically all evaluated scenarios, it became clear that an integral migration of all clients to a new FttH network was most advantageous. There were three significant reasons for this:

  1. Savings in operational costs. The new fiber network will have a simpler topology, compared to the present copper network which includes numerous active equipments in various locations in the town. The result is direct and indirect savings on operational costs;
  2. Improved competitive strength and consequently market share. The fiber optic proposition will be attractive to residents and companies that presently subscribe to the services of the local competitive cable TV company. Also services on the glass fiber network will be more stable, and be delivered with fewer interruptions, enhancing the client experience.
  3. The increase in ARPU; the average turnover per client. A larger share of wallet from clients can be realized, as a result of newly introduced services, and combination packages (bundles) on offer on the glass fiber network (including a state-of-the-art IP-TV product).

Phase two: identifying the optimum conditions

The second phase of the project included the negotiations on the best possible conditions and tariffs for financing, purchase of materials, labour and equipment.  Using our specific FttH knowledge and good relations with market parties, an optimum result for Telbo was achieved. Finally the chosen strategy was formalized in a Decision to Implement.

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Results for Telbo

This project is a unique initiative by Telbo. This has been confirmed by local politicians, other telecom companies of islands in the region, the industry and the press.

NTCS is proud to have been able to contribute significantly to this project. From vision through strategy towards implementation.

Trust, short decision lines, decisiveness and enterprising spirit on a good idea, Bonaire surely has a fantastic climate to work in different ways.Erik van de Oever, consultant NTCS