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.

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