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Germany plans ‘gigabit society’ infrastructure

The German government has laid out a plan to roll out infrastructure for 1 Gbps download speeds in the country by 2025, reports Telecompaper. “Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt tabled a policy paper laying out a four phase approach to a ‘gigabit society’. The policy was formulated on the back of a report by the Fraunhofer Fokus research group commissioned by the ministry.” Under the first phase, which is to be completed by the end of 2018, the government aims to provide all households with at least a 50 Mbps connection, though many new installations will be gigabyte-compatible. All new residential projects must include a FTTH/FTTB connection. By the end of 2019, fibre optic connections will be laid in all under-serviced regions as well as in new business areas. The following year should see the roll-out of a 5G network for mobile devices. “In the project’s final phase, the government hopes to introduce gigabit-capable convergent infrastructure across Germany. To fund the project, the German federal government has to date provided 4 billion euro and committed a further 10 billion euro to the next phases.” Read more

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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