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Germany aims to boost gigabit internet

Germany’s federal government plans to help invest 100 billion euro over eight years to roll-out gigabit internet across Germany, reports Deutsche Welle. “The project will focus not only on bandwidth, but also on security and response times,” said federal minister of transport Alexander Dobrindt, who is also responsible for digital infrastructure. The rollout will be funded by a government and private consortium known as Netzallianz Digitales Deutschland, which includes most major telecoms firms in Germany. Since its founding in 2014, 75.5% of all households have gained access to internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps.

Dobrindt also said his ministry would start allocating 5G frequencies to telecoms firms next year. According to German IT news outlet, Golem, the 100 billion euro would be made of 80 billion from industry and 20 billion from government. It reported the areas of the network serviced by 5G instead of fibre might achieve speeds of 500 or 600 Mbps. “Left-wing politician Herbert Behrens told German news agency DPA he considered the measures to be inadequate, saying the gigabit goal had been part of the popular consensus for so long that the measures were useless.” See more here and the government’s gigabit Germany strategy (in German) here.

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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