We again made significant investments in the broadband and fiber-optic buildout, our IPtransformation, and our mobile infrastructure as part of our integrated network strategy.
We are building an IP-based network with high transmission bandwidths so that, in the future, we can offer our customers competitive high-speed lines, e.g., by migrating our VDSLnetwork to vectoring technology. In addition, we are investing heavily to offer greater coverage and even higher speeds in rural areas as well. We are also using innovative products for this purpose – like our hybrid router, which combines the transmission bandwidths of fixed-network and mobile communications, thus enabling much higher transmission speeds.
Part of our network strategy is to also systematically build out our mobile networks with 4G/LTE technology to increase transmission rates in all our national companies. Thanks to investments in our 4G/LTE network, our customers enjoy better network coverage with fast mobile broadband. In 2017, we already supplied 94% of the population of Germany with LTE (94 % in Europe). This puts us right on schedule to reach our goal of between 75 and 95 percent network coverage by 2018.