Internet: Deutsche Telekom starts debate about broadband expansion

by Kelvin
Internet: Deutsche Telekom startet Debatte um Breitbandausbau

The German Telekom sees itself in the debate about the only laboriously progressing broadband expansion in Germany often wrongly criticized and now provides its own facts. Under the slogan "Why we build, how we build" The network operator from Bonn starts a debate on LTE, 5G, vectoring and digitization on his blog.

More than five billion euros for digitization

Given the investment of more than five billion euros, the German Telekom is wrongly in the criticism when it comes to the still too slow progressing broadband expansion in Germany.


Sometimes we delay the expansion, sometimes we make companies too competitive. Sometimes we are criticized that we are expanding fiber, sometimes that we do not build a fiber optic network. How is it really ordered to expand the broadband? Here are the facts from our point of view.

The company from Bonn claims to invest mainly in mobile communications sites, fiber optic lines, network modernization and 5G equipment. According to Telekom, no other company invests comparable sums in digitization every year.

At least 50 Mbps by 2020 for 99 percent of the population

In order to keep up with the best-served countries such as Norway and Switzerland, Deutsche Telekom aims for an average bandwidth of at least 50 Mbit / s for 99 percent of the population by 2020, which is also to be realized via LTE. This would also fulfill the supply requirements for LTE.

By 2025, 90 percent of Germany will be covered by 5G

Most of the antenna sites are already connected to the fiber optic network, they are thus "5G-ready". In addition, 5G test fields were commissioned in Berlin and Darmstadt in order to gain initial experience with 5G. The first 5G tariffs of Telekom are available since yesterday at prices from 75 euros.

Overall, the telecommunications company is particularly combative with regard to their mobile network.

A word on the state of the German mobile network: There is not a German mobile network, but three different, maybe soon a fourth. And Telekom's network scores best in all comparisons by far. That's why we do not like averages in studies.

Cooperations and infrastructure sharing

Already thousands of base stations of the competitor Telefónica were connected according to own statement with the glass fiber net of the Telekom. In addition, the competitors were offered to install their technology in rural areas on Telekom's radio masts. This type of infrastructure sharing is the best way to permanently improve mobile broadband in Germany. However, Telekom makes it clear that the cooperation with competitors is not enforced at any price.

We are open for cooperation, as far as they are fair. It makes a difference whether we talk about capacity in the city or in the countryside – the connection costs much more. If you want to expand your network in the city and rent the infrastructure in the countryside at low prices and if possible at high cost, you can subsidize the others.

100 Mbps for 30 million households via vectoring

Telekom claims to have connected more than 30 million households via fiber optic cable to the gray distribution boxes. Households are now connected at up to 100 Mbit / s, more than 20 million of them even up to 250 Mbit / s. For this purpose alone, the company is expanding its fiber-optic network by 40,000 kilometers to 60,000 kilometers a year, thereby maintaining the largest fiber-optic network in Europe, at 500,000 kilometers. In rural areas, this offensive would make fast Internet possible in the first place. In terms of network expansion, Telekom sees itself as the strong engine and vectoring as a means of choice.

If we had put fiber optics into the household (FTTH) instead of vectoring, 20 percent of households would currently have been supplied with fast Internet, and not more than 80 percent, as they are today. With vectoring we have ensured that fiber is now in the gray distribution boxes (FTTC) and thus directly on the road.

Fiberglass cooperation with EWE

Since Telekom can not handle the fiber optic expansion alone, the company is working in the Saarland, Thuringia and Bavaria in the future increasingly with cooperation partners in the realization of the fiber optic network. The planned joint venture with EWE alone will invest 2 billion euros in order to connect 1.5 million households to the fiber-optic network. By 2030, around 90 percent of all households will be supplied with fiber optics.

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