Breitbandpolitik Symposium September 7

At the 2nd edition of the “Breitbandpolitik Symposium”, the main German telecommunications associations and the FTTH Council Europe shared their views on the broadband politics in Germany.

Read the full paper pr20160907_breitbandsymposium-verbande, in German.

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Germany has set a goal of providing nationwide internet with speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (mbit/s) in 2018 but the technology relied on by market leader Deutsche Telekom - based on the old copper telephone network - cannot be easily upgraded further. That makes it harder to realize the vision of a “Gigabit society” in which all businesses and households would have access to superfast glass fiber connections by 2025 - at a cost of 80 billion euros ($95 billion) or more. Addressing a news conference, Homann conceded that Germany was “pretty much at the back” of the international field when it comes to access to glass-fiber internet. He said the BNetzA was considering a more flexible regulatory regime on glass fiber that would allow companies to cooperate in building out the network to save costs, and depart from strict cost-plus rules on pricing. Read the full story here.
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