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Why does Germany still own a third of Deutsche Telekom?

Friday 5 January 2018 | 11:33 CET | Author: Corina Schultz | Background
In the early 1980s, the German government had a plan to replace every phone line in the country with fibre optics. If it had gone ahead with the plan, all of (west) Germany would have been covered with fibre by 2015. Instead, Europe's largest economy languishes at the bottom of the fibre rankings, with barely 3 million homes able to receive FTTH. With Deutsche Telekom showing little appetite for investing in fibre, it's time for the German government to take action. Selling its remaining shares in DT offers a way to accelerate the country's investment in broadband.

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Companies: Deutsche Telekom / VATM
Countries: Germany
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