Vodafone Germany is set to spend €2 billion over the next four years to upgrade and expand its fixed line fibre networks in a campaign it has dubbed the “Gigabit-Offensive”. The move marks an intensification of the operator’s broadband battle with Deutsche Telekom. To date, and perhaps understandably, the incumbent has seen copper uplift technology as a mainstay of its high speed access strategy.
The Gigabit-Offensive has three main components.
GigaKabel involves the upgrade of Vodafone’s HFC cable network to bring Gigabit speeds to 12.6 million households. At present, around 20% of Vodafone cable subscribers can access a maximum of 500 Mbits/s. The aim is to eventually up this to 1,000 Mbits/s nationwide.
GigaGemeinde is a community/municipality effort aimed at bringing Gigabit fibre access to around 1 million households in rural areas.
GigaGewerbe looks to provide up to 100,000 German small and medium-sized companies in around 2,000 business parks with fibre Gigabit speed.
“No private company has so far invested more in Germany’s digital infrastructure than we do now. Let’s put it another way: with our Gigabit-Offensive, we are launching the largest private fixed-line investment program in German history – bringing Gigabit speed to one third of all Germans,” said Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter. “Through investments, innovations and cooperations, we are leading our country into the gigabit future.”