Berlin aims to provide fiber-optic connections to all its households by 2030


With a new steering committee, the Senate, Berlin districts, and responsible telecommunications companies want to accelerate the expansion of gigabit networks and 5G mobile communications in the German capital, it was announced on the city of Berlin official webpage.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey stated on social media: ‘’Today, we kicked off the implementation of the gigabit strategy for Berlin by 2030 at the EUREF campus. Together with Economics Senator Stephan Schwarz, other representatives of the state government at state secretary level, and six telecommunications companies that are our partners, we agreed on the goals and measures of the collaboration.’’

The new strategy suggests that all households and businesses in Berlin will have broadband infrastructure, and 5G will be available nationwide in mobile communications by 2025.

Furthermore, by 2030, all 2.4 million Berlin households and businesses will have fiber-optic connections. Telekom alone hopes to reach this goal with 2 million connections. Deutsche Telekom is a German telecommunications company headquartered in Bonn and is also the largest telecommunications provider in Europe in terms of revenue.

The expansion will be promoted privately, meaning that telecommunications companies will be responsible for it. The Senate and the districts hope that the steering committee and the joint declaration will help “remove barriers to expansion” and create “investment-friendly framework conditions.”

According to Berlin broadband portal, fiber optic connections also form the prerequisites for the nationwide expansion of the 5G network in the country. The implementation of the gigabit strategy should be accompanied and coordinated by all actors critical to success.

‘’These are important steps toward making Berlin an internationally competitive and future-proof technology and business location,’’ mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey concluded. (photo credit: rawpixel. com/Freepik)