German coalition partners agree to build nationwide gigabit network by 2025 - report

Thursday 11 January 2018 | 14:00 CET | News

Germany’s ruling conservative party CDU and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) have reached an agreement to complete the nationwide development of a gigabit network in Germany by 2025, said German editorial network RND. The two coalition partners agreed to the aim as part of their wider talks to form a new coalition government following last September’s elections. The government plans to obtain the appropriate public financing for the project from the proceeds it receives from auctioning off UMTS and 5G licenses, according to a position paper seen by RND from the parties’ expert group on digitization and economics.

The allocation of these licenses should be combined with conditions to expand the network in order to close existing 'dead zones' and assist in the development of 5G, said lawmakers in the paper. The government expects that it will require EUR 10-12 billion in public financing for this project during the current legislative period.

Lawmakers also agreed to maintain investments in transport "at least at their current level" in the paper, while Germany’s federal states will receive increasing subsidies of up to 1 EUR billion per year by the end of 2021 for communal infrastructure projects. Lawmakers also stated their intention to pass a law to ease and accelerate the planning and implementation of transport, infrastructure and energy projects. 

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