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EQOS Energie builds the first real 5G network for Hutchison Drei Austria


Linz (Austria) / Biberach (Germany), 3 July 2019 - EQOS Energie, a Triton Fund IV portfolio company and internationally active infrastructure service provider, has successfully installed the first real connected 5G network in Austria. Private 5G networks for companies to follow as EQOS can now provide its collective know-how to companies for their own, closed 5G networks.

As one of the first providers worldwide, EQOS Energie’s customer Hutchison Drei Austria started 5G operations in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, and presented the first 5G applications in the process. Twenty 5G transmitting stations supply the entire Linz downtown area with record transmission speeds of up to 2.2 Gigabit per second. The 5G network in Linz is the first one in the entire international Drei Group and one of the first 5G networks worldwide.

For the 5G start of Drei in Linz, EQOS Energie equipped 20 transmission facilities in the city centre with 5G from January to May 2019 and networked them via fibre optics and radio relay upgrades with the necessary bandwidth accordingly. In doing so, EQOS Energie successfully implemented the concept and the planning requirements of Drei – from planning, permitting and construction to technological integration.

EQOS Energie also supports the additional network expansion of its customer Drei. until the end of the year. Drei will supply the largest part of Linz as well as other regions of Austria with 5G. Prior to the present 5G premiere, Drei and EQOS Energie had already collaborated successfully at the Drei headquarters in Vienna as part of the initial pre-5G rollouts, 5G trials and during the 5G pilot operations.

EQOS Energie assumes a leading role when it comes to in-house provision in Germany and Austria. Technical expertise and expert implementation are significant for customers and network operators in this area. The gapless supply also forms a good basis for a later expansion to 5G. Initial 5G tests with renowned German industrial customers are already under way. The sale of frequencies for private 5G corporate networks in Germany is planned for autumn of this year. The German Federal Network Agency has reserved one-fifth of all available 5G frequencies for this purpose.

EQOS Energie has been among the leading full-service providers from the very beginning. As an independent partner in German and Austrian mobile communications, the company can look back on more than 25 years of market experience in this area. Since the 2G era, EQOS Energie has constantly expanded and modernized numerous networks in both countries, thereby gaining detailed knowledge of the respective network structures. In Germany alone, EQOS Energie has so far constructed, expanded or refurbished 45,000 base stations, 15,000 radio relay links and more than 1,000 masts.

The service portfolio ranges from planning and all preparatory measures over construction, implementation and project completion to the maintenance of transmission facilities and masts. Companies benefit from the more comprehensive service with fewer interfaces and greater security through better warranties.

Based on 5G, digital factories will be able to fully connect computers, machines, vehicles, robots and production lines in the future and be able to control them from anywhere thanks to data transmission in real time and virtual reality solutions.

About EQOS

EQOS Energie is one of the leading providers in the area of complex technical infrastructures. Whether it is a complete solution or selective support: Currently, about 1,600 employees are working in almost 30 locations in five different countries. The company specialises in services in the industries of energy, telecommunications and traffic. The expertise covers the entire value chain – from engineering and fitting to maintenance.

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About Triton

Since its establishment in 1997, Triton has sponsored nine funds, focusing on businesses in the industrial, business services, consumer and health sectors.

The Triton funds invest in and support the positive development of medium-sized businesses headquartered in Europe. Triton seeks to contribute to the building of better businesses for the longer term. Triton and its executives wish to be agents of positive change towards sustainable operational improvements and growth.

The 38 companies currently in Triton's portfolio have combined sales of around €14.9 billion and around 73,000 employees.

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EQOS Energie
Heike Carmen Flory