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R-KOM turns to QSC for an Open Access Partner

Cologne, May 30, 2012. QSC AG, a leading provider of comprehensive ICT services, has gained R-KOM Regensburger Telekommunikationsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG as a new partner for its Open Access platform. The platform is a network, process and service hub for providers and consumers of Next Generation Access (NGA).

R-KOM is a medium-sized East Bavarian telecommunications provider with an advanced NGN fiber optic network. Through its cooperation with QSC, R-KOM is opening this fiber optic infrastructure to supra-regional providers. "We are building the telecommunications infrastructure of the 21st century. With Open Access, we offer market participants the opportunity to benefit from this development and leave the limitations of Telekom's copper network behind," explains Alfred Rauscher, CEO of R-KOM. "In addition to ISPs and carriers, QSC can now offer its wholesale and resale partners in Eastern Bavaria R-KOM connections with bandwidths of up to 100 Mbit/s. This contributes to a higher utilization of our network and a faster return on investment."

"We are very pleased to welcome R-KOM as a new Open Access partner," says QSC Management Board member Arnold Stender. "Fiber optic growth is developing only regionally at the moment in Germany, but we have the know-how to make this regional infrastructure available across the nation."

Open Access: Greater Utilization, Quicker Return on Investment

Stender also touches on the main problem infrastructure providers face: Realizing a quick return on their investment. "When network operators invest in expansion, they quickly need a high amount of traffic in order to amortize the costs." The demand is there, but infrastructure providers first need to finalize contracts with each individual consumer, provide network access and coordinate operations processes. "That's exactly where QSC comes in as a neutral integrator in the NGA environment. That provides major advantages to both sides."

In addition to R-KOM, QSC also has contracts with fiber optic providers. These include NetCologne based in Cologne, from Norderstedt, Leipzig-based HL komm and Stadtwerke Herne.

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About QSC
QSC AG, Cologne, is a service provider for voice and data communication, as well as ICT services. Established in 1997, the company has been focusing on small and mid-size business customers. QSC is the first provider to operate an Open Access platform, which unites a wide range of broadband technologies to offer national and international site networking, including Managed Services. QSC additionally supplies its customers and distribution partners with a comprehensive product portfolio that can be modularly adapted to every need. QSC was the first provider in Germany to build its own Next Generation Network (NGN), and therefore enjoys long years of experience in connection with IP-based telephony solutions, in particular. QSC AG has been listed on the TecDAX index since 2004. The QSC group employs a workforce of some 1,400 people.

About R-KOM
Headquartered in Regensburg, R-KOM Regensburger Telekommunikationsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG was founded 10 years ago with the objective of providing the market with alternative, cost-effective and sustainable telecommunications solutions. Today, R-KOM manages various city networks in Eastern Bavaria that are connected to a regional network. These networks are based on fiber optic connections for high-speed transmissions. R-KOM provides the complete range of telecommunications services making it the perfect partner for national and international carriers, regional companies and public facilities. With Glasfaser Ostbayern, we connect every building directly to our fiber optic network, thereby creating one of the most advanced communications networks in all of Europe. Glasfaser Ostbayern is our contribution to the high-tech region of Eastern Bavaria for both private and commercial customers.