Telekom: Berlin is to become the “fiber optic capital”


Telekom has big plans for fiber optic expansion in the capital. The network operator wants to create around 600,000 FTTH connections in Berlin by 2025; in the medium term, it should be one million by 2027. Telecom announced on Friday that Berlin was going to be “Germany’s fiber optic capital.”

“For this we are now ramping up our fiber optic expansion in the capital,” explained Telecom Germany boss Srini Gopalan. “We are not concentrating on specific parts of the city, but are expanding in all twelve districts.” In doing so, Telekom is relying on the preparatory work that was carried out during the vectoring expansion.

“With our extensive vectoring expansion, we have created good conditions for the upcoming construction work,” explains Technical Director Walter Goldenits. “In large parts of the city we can fall back on empty conduit systems. This means that we need less civil engineering.”

In order to be able to upgrade existing DSL connections with accelerator vectoring, Telekom has already connected numerous cable distributors with fiber optics. The shorter the copper route to the customer, the higher the possible bandwidth. For years there has been a bitter dispute in the industry about the expansion.

But the vectoring chapter is over. Telekom CEO Tim Höttges wants to be able to supply all households in Germany with a fiber optic connection by 2030. Telekom invests a lot of money in this. Up to 2.5 billion euros per year should flow into the network expansion.

In 2020, Telekom claims to have connected around 600,000 households with FTTH. At the turn of the year, the network operator had around 2.2 million FTTH connections. This year, Telekom intends to intensify its efforts and roughly double the number of new connections, with up to 2 million connections per year in perspective.

The Berlin Senate was delighted with Telekom’s fiber optic plans in the capital. “I am pleased that by working with Telekom we can ensure the supply of high-performance broadband and at the same time reduce the number and extent of construction sites through efficient planning,” said Economic Senator Ramona Pop (Greens). According to the Federal Statistical Office, there are around two million households in the city.

But other providers do not remain idle either. For example, Deutsche Glasfaser, which specializes in FTTH expansion in rural regions, wants to accelerate the expansion rate with new investors on board. The Telefónica Group was able to win Allianz as an investor for its fiber optic project on underserved white spots.

The trend is clearly towards collaboration. Telekom cooperates with numerous competitors such as Deutsche Glasfaser, Vodafone and Telefónica. With EWE Tel, Telekom has founded a joint subsidiary that will expand fiber optics in the north-west of the country.


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