The results of a survey among companies and residents in the outlying edges of the city of Berg en Dal showed that the available internet connections left much to be desired. For the larger telecommunication service providers, laying optical fiber cable to reach a small cluster of companies in far-flung location isn’t economically feasible. For the management of one of these companies, Hubbers interior design, this digital accessibility was of crucial importance. The experience among the drafting and design personnel was that uploading their blueprints from their home internet connections was far faster than doing so from the office, located on the edge of the ‘Ooijpolder,’ a beautiful and extensive nature preserve.


Oost NL worked with the city of Berg en Dal to identify a number of problem areas regarding the companies located near the Ooijpolder. The companies took the initiative to contact service providers that might be interested in finding a solution together. What they came up with was an upgrade in the current infrastructure at the industrial area of Lieskes Wengs in Leuth, where Hubbers and other companies are located. Designers and draftsmen of Hubbers can now upload and send large documents from their office location.

Companies located at the industrial area Lieskes Wengs can now count on sufficient internet connection speed. This does not yet apply to all locations at the Ooijpolder. This has led residents and companies to consolidate their activities at other locations. Oost NL has been working with various stakeholders in building a solid business case and to establish clear agreements with each other. The city of Berg en Dal supports this initiative. The end goal is to make sure that any location in the area has a digital infrastructure that is fully prepared to handle future growth in digital traffic and to make rapid internet connections accessible for all.