The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, and the members of the Network Alliance for a Digital Germany, today adopted the "Gigabit Germany Initiative for the Future". The objective of the joint strategy is to invest 100 billion euros to create a high-performance broadband network in Germany by 2025. This is designed to permit network speeds in the gigabit range.
Mr Dobrindt said:
New applications such as virtual reality and the connectivity of all things will result in a massive growth in the amount of data. In the future, we will need more bandwidth, reliable real-time transmission and smart networks that autonomously process and prioritize the data and transport them to the user as quickly as possible. To this end, we are now creating the next-generation broadband networks and combining the most sophisticated technologies available, for instance fibre optics and the future mobile communications standard (5G). Our joint objective is to invest 100 billion euros to create a gigabit network providing universal coverage in Germany by 2025.
The Gigabit Germany Initiative for the Future provides, among other things, for a massive expansion of broadband networks – by telecommunications companies investing billions of euros, by intensified cooperation and by targeted funding from the Federal Government. Today, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is already making around 4 billion euros available to connect inadequately covered regions to superfast broadband. Starting in 2018, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s investment in digital infrastructure is to be sustained at approximately 10 percent of the Federal Government’s net investment. This means another 3 billion euros of Federal Government funding per annum for high-speed Internet.
Federal Minister Dobrindt founded the Network Alliance for a Digital Germany on 7 March 2014. It brings together telecommunications companies that are willing to innovate and invest in order to progress the roll-out of broadband in Germany. Three years after the launch of the Network Alliance, 75.5 percent of all households now have access to fast Internet with speeds of at least 50 Mbps. This is an increase of over 26 percent (status at the end of 2013 compared with the status at the end of 2016). Compared with other EU Member States, we currently have the most dynamic growth – achieved by a technology mix ranging from fibre optics to mobile communications.