Port of Antwerp-Bruges relies on an external partner for its Antwerp platform for the operation, maintenance and management of its fiber optic network. Following a public tender, this assignment has been assigned to Fluvius. The contract runs for a maximum of seven years.
The Antwerp port platform uses a private fiber optic network to digitally connect the various locations in the public domain. The total network is approximately 175 km of fiber optic and no fewer than 116 locations. It is used to transmit data, telephony, and images from security cameras, and for various signaling activities. Port of Antwerp-Bruges entrusts the management of this infrastructure to external partner Fluvius.
Fluvius is responsible for cost-conscious operation of the fiber optic network. Together with Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Fluvius is looking at efficiency gains and new opportunities in terms of methods and materials. Fluvius provides outages 24 hours a day and 7/7 days in the event of failures, so that the continuity of the fiber optic network is assured.
There is no new expertise for Fluvius: the multi-utility company already manages its own fiber optic network, good for more than 12,000 km of fiber optic cable. In addition, the network company maintains more than 1,000 km of fiber optic networks from third parties, such as those of Ghent University, the city of Mechelen and the province of East Flanders. In addition to telecom (and cable television), Fluvius also manages the electricity and gas networks, sewerage and heat networks in Flanders.
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