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Germany - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 12 Nov 2019 Update History

Report Pages: 73


Germany has one of the largest broadband markets in Europe and also one of the more progressive in the pursuit of DOCSIS3.1 and G.fast deployments. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland, which continues to invest in network upgrades with a focus on a hybrid fibre and vectoring VDSL solution. This strategy is aimed at competing with cablcos which are upgrading their networks, as also at reaching the government’s target of providing a gigabit service nationally by 2025.

Faster broadband is creating demand for new bundled services while intense competition has seen prices fall dramatically. Lower charges for local loop unbundling imposed by the regulator should also help increase competition and lower prices further.

The FttP segment has been slow to develop given the emphasis on vectoring DSL, though since early 2018 Telekom has also increased its efforts to extend the reach of FttP beyond business parks and new estates. Investment in fibre backhaul has also been a consideration to support operators’ 5G plans.

This report profiles Germany’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with subscriber forecasts and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as FttP, DOCSIS3.1 and powerline broadband.

Key developments:

  • Vodafone Germany to extend its 1Gb/s service to 25 million premises by 2022;
  • NetCologne rolls out 1Gb/s service in Cologne;
  • EWE to invest more than €1 billion in fibre-based infrastructure to 2026;
  • Industry pressure to develop a gigabit society by 2025;
  • Telekom Deutschland expands vectoring VDSL;
  • Unitymedia sold to Vodafone Group;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2018, VATM market data for 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Deutschland, United Internet, Vodafone, Tiscali, Freenet, Telefónica, QSC, Kabel BW, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, PrimaCom, The Cloud, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg

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