Since 1 April 2020, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) have been supporting the long-term and universal roll-out of fibre optic networks in Germany with two investment programmes (“Investitionskredit Digitale Infrastruktur” and “KfW-Konsortialkredit Digitale Infrastruktur”) for private and local authority companies.
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer:
We want to have gigabit networks throughout Germany by 2025. Therefore, we are boosting the roll-out on a commercial basis with two new KfW programmes. The Investitionskredit makes it more attractive for operators to deploy their own network because interest is low; the Konsortialkredit provides security because of the risk assumed by the KfW. The importance of high-speed coverage also in rural areas is illustrated by the current situation. The digital infrastructure is what keeps Germany running – whether people work from home or make video calls to talk to friends and relatives. We have never been more dependent on powerful networks than today.
Dr Ingrid Hengster, Member of the KfW Banking Group Board::
In the coalition agreement, the Federal Government has set itself the objective of establishing a comprehensive fibre optics network in Germany until 2025. We strongly support this objective. I am convinced that, with our new programmes, we are providing investors with tailor-made and highly attractive funding tools, making funds for high-speed internet available all over Germany.
About the funding programmes:
The “Investitionskredit Digitale Infrastruktur“ offers low-interest and long-term funding for investment in the roll-out of fibre optic networks and can be accessed through KfW funding partners, generally banks and savings banks. Interest rates have been reduced with funds provided by the BMVI. Moreover, maturities of up to 30 years and fixed-interest periods of up to 20 years create attractive conditions and high planning certainty.
For projects with more complex and individual funding requirements, KfW has set up a new funding programme with tailor-made solutions: With the “KfW-Konsortialkredit Digitale Infrastruktur”, KfW contributes to the funding of projects within the framework of bank syndicates. Funds are directly provided by the KfW which also assumes the credit risks – on the same footing as the other funding partners. With the two credit programmes, the KfW and the BMVI complement the existing funding range of the Federal Government for the deployment of fibre optics in Germany.