Rotterdam has become the third large city in the Netherlands where telecoms provider T-Mobile and Smart Cities investor Primevest Capital Partners are teaming up to offer 45,000 households access to super-fast Internet services by the end of 2021. This will bring the total number of Dutch households that T-Mobile is connecting with superfast Internet connections via Primevest’s fibre-optic networks to 130,000 next year, following similar deals by the consortium in the past 18 months in The Hague and Eindhoven. The networks in Rotterdam will be built by partners Van Gelder Telecom and VolkerWessels Telecom.
Under the latest deal, the Primevest Communication Infrastructure Fund (PCIF) has reached agreement in principle with local network builder L2Fiber to take over its existing network in the Rotterdam district of Kralingen and to double its reach to approximately 15,000 households. As PCIF’s main client, T-Mobile will lease the fibre-optic network from the fund to offer superfast Internet services and open it up to other providers. In addition, Primevest and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new fibre-optic network in the Rotterdam district of IJsselmonde.
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, Barbara Kathmann, Rotterdam Municipality’s Alderman for Economic Affairs, said: “An Internet connection has become a basic need at home, as self-evident as water or electricity. Residents of Rotterdam must be able to count on fast, safe and reliable connections and a wide choice of Internet services. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, a good Internet connection has become crucial for everybody in Rotterdam who has had to work from home, as well as for the healthcare sector and businesses and retailers who offer their products online. I am delighted that the T-Mobile and Primevest Capital Partners consortium is allowing more Rotterdam households and entrepreneurs to benefit from superfast Internet. This deal brings us closer to our goal to connect all of Rotterdam to a fibre-optic network within the next five years. In Kralingen, the consortium is also providing a great solution in terms of completing the project started by L2Fiber in 2018.”
The deal to take over and extend Rotterdam’s fibre-optic network will enable T-Mobile to offer local resident access to the internet at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) at the lowest possible price. T-Mobile customers that already have an Unlimited T-Mobile mobile subscription will pay only €25 per month for super-fast Internet at home. The first users in Rotterdam will be connected in the spring of 2021.
Van Gelder Telecom and VolkerWessels Telecom will construct the fibre-optic networks in Rotterdam for PCIF and be responsible for the long-term maintenance. The companies make 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 invested nearly €100 million from long-term pension fund and insurer institutional investors and has a further €50 million of investments currently under construction. PCIF is targeting additional equity commitments in the coming period for institutional investors. 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.
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, 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.