Press release: Danish hospitals choose Nexans as partner for next generation fiber optic networks

Framework contract between Central Denmark Region and Nexans for microswitch delivery

Moenchengladbach, May 22, 2013 – The Central Denmark Region has awarded Nexans a multi-year frame agreement for the delivery of 10.000 Ethernet microswitch devices. These access switches are the key component in an innovative fiber based Local Area Network (LAN) cabling concept called “Fiber-To-The-Office (FTTO)”. The microswitches of the type “GigaSwitch V3” will be provided by Nexans Advanced Networking Solutions, a unit of Nexans Deutschland and the market leader for FTTO solutions internationally.

Within the scope of the contract signed by Kenneth Becker (Central Denmark Region) and Ole Nielson (Managing Director at Nexans Jydsk Denmark) Central Denmark Region will first deploy the innovative technology in the reconstruction and extension of the Regional Hospital of Viborg as well as equip the upcoming new hospital campuses in Aarhus (The New University Hospital, DNU) and Gødstrup (The New Hospital in West, DNV). At a later stage it is planned to supply 20 smaller hospitals and otherpublic institutions in the region.

“The new concept provides us with the best possible flexibility to design our new buildings to respond to challenging requirements of modern health care institutions – and this at an outstanding cost advantage compared to more traditional infrastructures. Nexans has convinced us with the best in-class offering related to both product performance and value” manifests Lars Knudsen (IT project leader, Det Nye University Hospital Aarhus). In deploying fiber optic cables all the way to the outlets, the FTTO concept overcomes the constraints of legacy copper based structured cabling, thus eliminating the need for costintensive local distribution rooms and providing an unmatched level of redundancy and network availability. Ole Nielsen is convinced that: “Central Denmark Region’s visionary decision to become the first large scale FTTO user in Denmark is a major breakthrough for this concept on the Danish market. The decision for this fiber optic-based network will open new perspectives beyond hospital areas for future use in other building sites like airports, banks and offices in Denmark.”