Who are we?
THINK was founded in 2018 by Beat Fahrni and consists of 4 employees. With the help of an international and innovative company network, we implement fast and innovative communication technologies (fiber optic technology, 5G wireless networks and SIP telephony) and advise project managers on the development of development zones, settlements and villages (Ligerz, Interlaken, Cerentino, etc.). THINK is convinced of the fibre optic technology as the modern and fast way of data transmission. Therefore, we advise, carry out necessary clarifications and actively support construction projects in all phases.
Through his work as an electrical engineer FH the founder has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry (Ascom, Nortel, Viasuisse, Telecom SBB, etc.). Furthermore, his MBA in sustainable business enabled him to supplement and expand his technical knowledge.
Several key projects mark his work:
- Relocation of the SBB computer centre (2001/2)
- Complete renewal of Viasuisse’s IT system (2004)
- Federal Criminal Police: Telephone Integration (2008)
- Modification of a lathe in an automated production line to reduce production time by 5/6 (2011)
- Installation of an FTTH fiber optic network in Ligerz (since 2016)
- Extension of the Internet connection and renewal of the telephone system at an international company (2018)
Why fiber optics?
Fiber optics are the standard for a modern infrastructure. Contrary to other technologies, are a proven, reliable and emission-free way of data transmission. Despite these advantages, many of the fiber optic lines end at the village entrance (FTTC – Fiber to the curb) or in the street (FTTS – Fiber to the street) and homes continue to be connected to the Internet through copper cables, which limit the bandwidth. FTTB (Fiber to the building) leads one or more optical fiber strands into the basement of a house and thus requires additional networking in the building, which generates additional costs.
FTTH-IPTM is a further development of THINK of the technology FTTH (Fiber to the home), which leads up to 4 optical fibers into each dwelling. It offers cost advantages and more functions and applications than conventional FTTH technology. The fibres can be occupied variably: Provider, building services, television, information channels, surveillance. Thanks to high synergy effects and a single cabling, the technology is cost-efficient in installation and operation.
FTTH-IPTM allows new offers in the field of communication and entertainment technologies to be used by all in the future. The new technology will make villages and regions considerably more attractive.
With the help of a pilot project in Ligerz, THINK is demonstrating how remote villages can be equipped with modern fiber optic infrastructure FTTH-IPTM. The 550 soul community on Lake Biel was until recently one of the Internet wastelands of Switzerland. In 2013, a local organic winegrower planned to build a district heating center and built pipes and shafts. This pipe system was conceptually supplemented in order to be able to pass glass fiber through it afterwards. In the meantime, a fiber optic cable has been installed up to our own distributor. Every month we are planning two new connections that will enable fast Internet access, a good that will become more and more important in the future.
How do we organize our work?
In order to create a coherent catalogue of requirements, THINK basically interviews all parties involved in the projects. Only in a second step a progressive concept based on fiber optic technology is developed. In doing so, we consciously take care to ensure the applicable standard and sustainability. The worldwide benchmarks (annual FTTH Council, etc.), current trends and the latest findings are taken into account. In addition, we pay attention to compatibility with future technologies (5G).
What distinguishes modern and sustainable communication infrastructures?
Modern concepts for a needs-oriented communications infrastructure are tailored to the lives and needs of owners and residents. In addition, they allow homeowners to calculate optimal costs and make use of all modern communication technologies and media offerings.
In order to achieve this, several factors are taken into account when developing the infrastructure concept:
- Fiber optic based Internet connection of the areas
- Redundant area development (1 Gbit/s to 10 Gbit/s) with multiple providers to exclude dependence on one telecommunications provider
- Separate expandable pipe system on the entire areas, allowing the use of modular technology
- Use of standard interfaces and standard technologies
- Consideration of several suppliers in order to rule out software and hardware failures as far as possible
- Defining and separating responsibilities for the infrastructure
- Use of tested standards that can be developed further
- Application of open source strategies to enable sustainable further development