BG Communications, an emerging network operator, is working closely with a large number of municipalities in Austria to build Open Access FTTH. Since 2021, they, with their subsidiary regioHELP, have been using COS Service Zones to capture customer interest and the COS Business Engine for operations. Automated provisioning is supported by COS’ partnership with Nokia.

In Austria, fibre penetration is not even 10% and especially in many rural regions it is a challenge to participate in the modern digital world. Erwin Moser, co-founder of RegioHELP, is a passionate advocate of projects oriented towards the common good. He was instrumental in the construction of a municipal wind farm as well as a area-wide fibre optic network in his hometown of Munderfing. After seeing the massive local support and benefits of the fibre network, he and his partner Willem Brinkert, co-founder and CEO of regioHELP and BG Communications, started looking for ways to roll out fibre on a larger scale and for the benefit of the region.

“After the expansion of the area-wide community network in Munderfing, my team and I were convinced that this could also be done in larger regions and even more efficiently. It was a matter of finding a model that benefits the regions and the citizens and makes sense from a financial point of view. That’s how we came up with our model. We work closely with the municipalities and the ownership rights are transferred to the municipalities in the long term. But initially we will take on all the work to get the network built and operational. By doing this on a large scale in several regions, we can be much more effective than one municipality could be alone,” Erwin Moser comments.

“To make this model work, we understood we needed an operations platform, a BSS/OSS, tailor built for Open Access and with a proven track record of enabling cost efficient and scalable operations. With COS Systems end-to-end platform, we found what we needed. With everything from the initial interest survey to pre-signups and zero-touch provisioning of services from multiple providers in one platform our operations are streamlined. We can simply do more with less people and scale faster”, says Willem Brinkert.

“We are honored to be supporting RegioHELP in their efforts to bring Open Access fiber to residents in these unserved and underserved regions. It aligns very well with our company mission to help connect the unconnected. We believe our software and knowledge within this space will help regiohelp scale faster and provide affordable high-speed broadband to more people sooner!”, says COS Systems CEO Mikael Philipsson.

 

About BG Communications:
BG Communications is a young innovative company that builds a nationwide fibre infrastructure for municipalities. As a disruptive player in the German-speaking fibre optic infrastructure scene, BG Communications relies on a cooperative model and thus direct cooperation with the municipalities. With the subsidiaries regioHELP eG and Glasfaser Spezial-Bau GmbH, a multitude of tasks are mapped “in-house”, allowing processes to be optimised and synergy effects to be used to enable efficient fibre optic expansion.

About COS Systems:
COS SYSTEMS provides Fiber to the Home operators and network owners all around the world with software for automating and digitizing every aspect of their Broadband venture. The COS software has a strong focus to support the end-to-end process and Open Access for best-in-class ROI and scalability in fiber to the home projects.
Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

COS Systems is a world leader in software for Fiber-to-the-home operators. With a unique offering for the end-to-end-automation of networks open to multiple providers (Open Access Ready networks), COS is extremely well positioned as this operating model grows exponentially world-wide. To grab this market opportunity, COS is looking to fill positions within marketing and sales.

One of the major aftermaths of the global pandemic is the expedited transfer to digital channels for everything from education, work, healthcare and entertainment. This global mega trend combined with massive grant programs, and readily available private investments for broadband infrastructure investments is making our market niche, fiber-to-the-home, explode.

At COS we are confident the future of marketing is digital and extremely targeted. As a digital Marketing Manager at COS you will have the opportunity to co-create our digital marketing strategy and then execute on it. We’re looking for a multi-talented professional who can produce content, drive marketing efforts, and work with multiple platforms such as Hubspot and LinkedIn to build and grow a solid pipeline of leads.

With unprecedented demand for our software solutions and increased marketing efforts, we also have an urgent need to increase our sales capacity. We are looking for Senior Sales Executives in both North America (USA or Canada) and Europe. Experience from the Fiber broadband industry and software is a strong qualification.

Read more about the open positions on our website and reach out to our hiring manager Isak Finer with any questions.

We’re starting off 2022 by heading out to see our clients, partners and potential customers. COS and their expanded North American team are hitting the road and heading to conferences – In person!

Don’t miss us as we exhibit at NTCA’s RTIME Event February 13-16th. Stop by booth 26 to discuss how we can help you double your take rates!

Next Stop – New Orleans! COS is heading back to FISPA Live!

We’re excited to attend the leading telecom conference for fiber ISP’s. We were too late to get hold of a booth, but schedule a meeting with our team and learn how COS can help you plan for funding, increase take rates and bring zero touch automation to your operations.

Reach out to ashley.poling@cossystems.com!

COS is excited to announce the expansion of their North American market presence and demand with the hiring of Ashley Poling to the position of Senior Sales Executive. Ashley joins COS with roughly 8 years experience in the community broadband and fiber to the home industry.

With a broadband consultancy background, Ashley has extensive experience working with municipalities, electric utilities and cooperatives to plan and launch fiber and broadband networks across the US from feasibility to network marketing.

Her deep understanding of how community broadband networks are planned and implemented will be critical to assisting COS’ existing and potential clients as they look to conduct broadband surveys, aggregate demand and ensure their network is built with quality data and take-rate goals, and that networks are designed for a successful operations with a fully automated and integrated BSS/OSS solution.

Most importantly Ashley brings her can do attitude to COS and dedication and belief that everyone should have access to world class fiber broadband. She is committed to ensuring her customers have the best tools to guarantee that fast, affordable broadband reaches every household, and that broadband operations become feasible across all markets and business models.

“We’re thrilled to have Ashley join our growing North American team. Her broad knowledge in our industry will make her a key player to ensure our, and most importantly, our clients’ success,” says COS Systems CRO Isak Finer.

Open Access models have been garnering more attention in Canada due to public funding requirements and as a part of Public Private Partnership (P3)-based municipal investments.

Isak Finér, COS Systems Chief Revenue Officer, will be speaking at Monday’s panel, 1:00-1:55 PM EST.
This panel will provide context and clarity to the definitions around Open Access, will discuss business and operating models, opportunities for service innovation and explore lessons learned from active Open Access network providers.

Canada’s Rural & Remote Broadband Conference is hosting their Winter Event on Monday, December 13th.

Click here to read more and register for the Event!