Thumbs Up For German Fibre Future

Created October 6, 2017
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Some 90% of respondents canvassed by the German association of alternative operators, Bundesverband Breitbandkommunikation e. V. (BREKO), have endorsed the suggestion that the country’s broadband future should be based on all fibre optic access networks. More than 1,400 political decision-makers, citizens and companies responded to BREKO’s print and online campaign organised in the run-up to the recent German Bundestag elections. Participants were asked to choose between the “digital media age” based on copper cables or the “gigabit future” based on pure fibre optic networks.

“The participants in the choice of the German gigabit company have made a clear decision: only glass fibre connections into the buildings can meet the requirements of the future, and thus represent the indispensable basis for the digitisation of business and society,” commented BREKO Managing Director Dr. Stephan Albers. “With highly efficient gigabit fibre optic networks, we ensure economic growth and prosperity in Germany. The future federal government must show digital courage in favour of citizens and companies, and set a clear infrastructure goal in the coalition agreement: glass fibre to all buildings of Germany (by) 2025.”

The BREKO has a multi-point plan for the realisation of an optical fibre-centred future. Among its recommendations and preferences are: competitive provision, expansion and operation of fibre networking; implementation of a non-discriminatory open access regulatory model; creation of investment incentives for fibre build-out; the provision of a minimum bandwidth of 1 Gbits/s; and no more copper-based intermediate expansion. The BREKO is also dismissive of copper-based transition technologies such as vectoring or super-vectoring, and has called for the authorities to make available a €1,500 subsidy to incentivise users to take direct fibre connections.

“If we are consistently focusing on the glass fibre development right up to all buildings in the coming years, we will also create the necessary infrastructure for the expansion of the next mobile radio generation, 5G, which will begin in four to five years”, adds Dr. Albers. “In this way, we are realising a synergetic network expansion and make Germany fit for the gigabit society.”

John Williamson

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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.