Arab Today, arab today german village takes digital fate into own hands
Last Updated : GMT 17:58:30
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

German village takes digital fate into own hands

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today German village takes digital fate into own hands

German village takes digital fate into own hands
Germany - AFP

 Too isolated and with few inhabitants, the tiny village of Loewenstedt in northern Germany is simply too small to show up on the radars of national Internet operators.
So the villagers took their digital fate into their own hands and built a broadband Internet network of their own.
Peter Kock, who runs an agricultural technology supply firm in the village, couldn't be happier.
Data files that used to take two hours to load onto his computer screen now appear in just 30 seconds.
"It's brilliant. There's no comparison," he enthused.
And that benefits his customers, too, because thanks to the new high-speed connection he can check the availability of parts much more rapidly.
Surrounded by wind power generators and fields, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Danish border, the picturesque brick houses and gardens of Loewenstedt, with its population of just 640, are spread over about 200 hectares (500 acres).
With around 22 kilometres of network needed to link up all of the houses to the high-speed data highway, "we would never have found a company willing to supply the necessary fibre-optics," said mayor Holger Jensen.
Some 58 other communities in Northern Friesland face similar difficulties and so the idea was born of clubbing together -- businesses, individuals and villages -- to secure access to a modern technology that is taken for granted in most German towns and cities.
Mounted on the walls of Kock's store room are two white boxes bearing the initials BBNG or Citizens' Broadband Network Company, set up in 2012 to collect the funds and build the fibre-optic network.
The firm with five staff has collected more than 2.5 million euros ($3.4 million) in funds, thanks to its 925 shareholders who each contributed a minimum of 1,000 euros, said BBNG chief Ute Gabriel-Boucsein
- 94% of households involved -
Solidarity is high in a village like Loewenstedt. And 94 percent of households, like that of Kock and his family, pledged to sign up to the network for two years before it was even built.
Kock also invested 5,000 euros in BBNG. And his parents who live across the road, aged 76 and 73, invested 1,000 euros.
They receive interest from leasing the network, built in March at a cost of 800,000 euros, to Internet supplier TNG.
"We're too small. Without this initiative we would have been forgotten," said Kock, who added that he feels reassured that his parents would be able to benefit from the advantages of tele-medecine and other technological advances allowing elderly people to continue living in their own homes.
"Living in the country with the luxuries of the town," said mayor Jensen, who is also a farmer, and who says high-speed Internet will enable him to take better care of his livestock.
But there are also wider benefits. The presence of a high-speed Internet network could stem the exodus of young people, help keep companies in the region, support property prices and make the region, which is close to the North Sea, more attractive to tourists.
For now, however, it is only the village of Loewenstedt that has succeeded in mobilising the solidarity of its inhabitants to build a high-speed Internet network. Other villages have been slower and found it more difficult to follow Loewenstedt's lead.
"At least 68 percent of households in a village have to promise to subscribe to the fibre-optic network before we start work," said BBNG chief Ute Gabriel-Boucsein.
At the end of 2013, just 18 percent of Germany had access to networks with speeds up 10 megabytes per second and above, according to consultancy firm Akamai.
The German government has promised networks of at least 50 megabytes per second by 2018.
"But they don't say how they plan to achieve that," said Gabriel-Boucsein, adding that she was certain that Loewenstedt would remain excluded from such a digital El Dorado.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today german village takes digital fate into own hands Arab Today, arab today german village takes digital fate into own hands

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”

GMT 17:00 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 23:52 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Eritrea: In pursuit of the truth

GMT 21:01 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Official website for Arab Summit 2017 launched

GMT 00:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Berlin’s ‘Little Damascus’

GMT 23:51 2017 Friday ,24 February

Polls show Fillon is the clear favourite

GMT 23:32 2017 Friday ,24 February

Rebirth of public hammams in West Bank
View News in Arabic - Media: انترنت
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 13:47 2017 Friday ,24 February

Rabia Fatima reveals role of "Facebook" in her career

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday