DEUTSCHE GIGA ACCESS GMBH
KEY FACTS AT A GLANCE
DEUTSCHE GIGA ACCESS GMBH
REVENUES in €mn
As of 31 March 2021
increase of accessible households from 2020 to the end of 2021
Germany is lagging significantly behind as regards the expansion of FTTH networks. By investing in DGA, we aim to participate in what we see as an inevitable catching-up process and the associated attractive growth rates.
Deutsche Giga Access GmbH (DGA) acts as a holding company to control and acquire regional fibre network operators. DGA acts as network owner and general contractor for the planning, construction and operation of passive and active infrastructure, which can also be leased by other service providers (open access model).DGA invests in the own-account roll-out of fibre broadband infrastructure in Germany. Where a self-supported roll-out does not make sense, it uses regional funding programmes.
DGA pursues two main business models: on the one hand, it acquires and develops regional network operators with their own network and end-customer business; on the other hand, it offers its network infrastructure to third parties who want to market their products to end customers via the DGA networks.
POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
Following the acquisition of the nucleus Northern Access, which supplies around 7,000 residential and business customers in the district of Nienburg (Lower Saxony) via its fibre-optic network, a holding company has been created to structure inorganic growth. The aim is to help shape the consolidation of the highly fragmented market for Internet service providers in Germany and to build up a market player of relevant importance by acquiring other regional providers. The focus is on the expansion of internet access via FttH (Fibre-to-the-Home, glass fibre to the home).
Ragnar Geerdts joined Deutsche Beteiligungs AG in 2012 and became a Managing Director in 2017.
Ragnar Geerdts has over nine years of experience in private equity. He has extensive knowledge of the automotive supplier and telecommunications industries and in mechanical and plant engineering. He was involved in numerous investments and disinvestments and led the investment process in vitronet, netzkontor nord, von Poll Immobilien, BTV Multimedia, Solvares Group, DING Group and DGA. In these companies he sits on the advisory councils. Before joining Deutsche Beteiligungs AG Ragnar Geerdts worked in the area of M&A at Bayer AG and at Deutsche Post AG.
He holds a degree in Business Administration from Freie Universität Berlin, and also studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.