Vectoring puts Germany on the wrong side of progress

The focus on the divided digital agenda of Germany have put a lot of focus on the country’s progress in broadband development. The resent debate triggers a lot of pressure on making the development transparent. Industry associations across Germany have warned that the vectoring plan, if it proceeds, would leave German citizens and industry technological standstill. This would put Germany at a serious disadvantage compared with other EU Member States (such as Sweden, Spain, Portugal) that already enjoy the benefits of widespread gigabit- capability networks and those like France that have made the deployment of fibre networks their top priority. Read the full story here.

At the same time there is a risk of remonopolization of infrastructure, if incumbent operator Deutsche Telekom is encouraged to invest in so-called “vectoring” technology to upgrade the legacy copper network to accommodate superfast broadband services. Read more about the reactions from alt nets here.

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19oct

Minister Matt Hancock: Fibre is the future and we need to step into the future now

This morning Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, addressed the Broadband World Forum and also gave his view of what needs to be done in the UK to become better connected. It was a passionate speech with many reflection over what has been done but also very inspiring for the future to come. Minister Hancock was very clear in his statements for the future. Fibre is here to stay. Demand is here. The full speech can be read here.