Buglas presents regulatory plan to boost fibre roll-out

Tuesday 11 July 2017 | 10:35 CET | News

German industry association Buglas has presented its proposal for a new regulatory framework to stimulate the roll-out of FTTB/H networks in Germany. The six-point plan, presented ahead of the German federal elections this autumn, calls for open-access fibre networks to be free of regulation, while copper would remain subject to wholesale access obligations. 

Fibre operators would be required to offer reciprocal wholesale access to ensure a healthy market, and Buglas is working on model access proposals, focusing on Layer 2 bitstream access and dark fibre. In addition, the industry group wants FTTP to be given preference in building access, in the event of a conflict with FTTC operators. Finally, the government should set clear targets for fibre infrastructure and concentrate more state subsidies on fibre. 

Buglas said Germany is still lagging in fibre coverage, and gigabit speeds are a necessity for all digital processes as well as existing cable and mobile networks. To accelerate the roll-out of fibre, more players need to be attracted to the market for investment. Goals such as linking all schools or businesses to fibre by 2025 could help stimulate this. 

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