German govt shifts focus to fibre broadband

Thursday 8 March 2018 | 17:05 CET | News

The German government will only promote fibre broadband going forward, according to the new Chancellor-general Helge Braun. Speaking to broadcaster ZDF, he confirmed the government was moving away from its previous target of 50 Mbps service for all by the end of 2018, which was based on upgrades to the copper network. Instead it would adopt a new funding strategy for encouraging broadband expansion, not based on old technology, Braun said. Any new lines promoted with subsidies in a region or neighbourhood would have to be fibre, he said, adding that areas without even 50 Mbps should have the priority for fibre expansion. 

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