Monday, 23 April 2018

Deutsche Telekom kicks off Germany's biggest fibre broadband initiative

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Wednesday 28 March 18

DT will lay 1,700 kilometres of optical fibre cabling and over 1,000 additional fibre optic street cables will need to be installed

Deutsche Telekom has today embarked on a network renovation programme that will bring fibre to the home (FTTH) services to 40,000 people in north-eastern Germany.  "…

Deutsche Telekom has today embarked on a network renovation programme that will bring fibre to the home (FTTH) services to 40,000 people in north-eastern Germany. 

"Building work starts today," said Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. "We are showing that rural areas and fast Internet needn't be a contradiction in terms. In just eighteen months, residents of the Western Pomerania/Rügen district will be able to surf the web at speeds of 1 gigabit. That will make this district the first in Germany to have world-beating digital infrastructure."

The network renovation and expansion project will bring gigabit broadband speeds to 40,000 premises by the end of 2018, according to a Deutsche Telekom statement. 

The rollolut is  being supported by local and federal government, who have provided €28 million in funding for the full fibre initiative. 

"Fast Internet will make Western Pomerania/Rügen an even better place to live and work. That is why, in addition to the Federal Government, the government of the Federal State is supporting this roll-out with 28 million euros in funding. We want to make Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania a great region to live in," said the minister for energy, infrastructure and digitalisation of the Federal State of Western Pomerania, Christian Pegel.

 

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