Having a high-performance, reliable and secure broadband infrastructure is the basis of success for all business sectors and is a key factor in making a business location attractive. Deutsche Telekom has been making considerable contributions for years by investing heavily in the infrastructure for fixed-network and mobile (fiber-optic) internet. We show more commitment than any other company to providing full-area coverage, particularly in rural areas.
In order to drive network expansion, network operators in Germany need investment incentives, legal and regulatory planning security, and technological freedom of action. That enables them to respond flexibly to the circumstances of enterprises and households and meet political, economic, and social requirements. This is the only way to fully tap private network expansion potential using all available technologies. In areas where broadband roll-out is not economically feasible, it is up to the public sector to develop far-sighted technology and provider-independent incentive programs to help effectively finance these efforts. Legal frameworks and regulatory practice need to actively support private-sector investment in new fiber-optic networks and prevent unnecessary financial burdens and red tape for the network operators investing in networks.
In view of the fact that the internet and telecommunications market are converging rapidly and in light of the growing market power of a few global internet players, sector-specific regulation of telecommunications is creating more and more of an imbalance. The same laws and regulations that apply to telecommunications companies also need to apply to internet companies providing the same services. The objective here must be to create equal competitive conditions and enable fair distribution of the financial burden involved in broadband expansion.