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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Impact measurement: Broadband expansion

We examined one of our core topics – broadband expansion.

Broadband expansion has a positive impact on many aspects of society and helps to deliver the SDGs.

  • Improved network coverage (SDGs 9 and 17) can create new jobs, as a growing number of new businesses are established, for instance (SDG 8). Average income and gross domestic product also increase as a result.
  • Network expansion also lays the foundation for many other positive effects, such as improved and more equal access to digital services in the educational and health care field for example (SDGs 34, and10).

However, network expansion also has negative consequences:

  • On an intermittent and one-off basis, the civil engineering works that have to be undertaken to expand infrastructure consume resources, generate emissions, and infringe on natural habitats.
  • The expansion of higher-performance network infrastructure can lead to increased energy demand.

To mitigate these effects, we are expanding our network in an energy-efficient manner and increasingly using renewable energies (SDG 7), which means that, in the long term, the positive impacts will outweigh the negative consequences.