German fixed network operator QS Communications (QSC) has announced the signing of a long-term network partnership agreement with freenet Cityline, a subsidiary of multi-service operator (MSO) freenet. Under the terms of the agreement, QSC will assume control of freenet’s narrowband network, which handles pre-selection, call-by-call and internet-by-call services, and integrate it into its next generation network (NGN). According to QSC, the partnership will further broaden its leading position in handling voice-over-IP-based voice minutes in Germany. End-customer business will remain exclusively with freenet. ‘QSC has one of the most modern IP-based telecoms networks in Germany,’ noted QSC CEO Bernd Schlobohm, adding: ‘The agreement that has now been signed will fully integrate freenet’s existing voice network into our own infrastructure over the course of the next five months. This agreement once again shows that we are well aligned with our own NGN and can cost-efficiently implement IP-based services for other telecoms companies. The integration of the freenet infrastructure will also drive the growing performance of our NGN.’ The agreement will initially run for a period of ten years and is expected to generate synergies for both parties.