As the biggest investor in Germany’s network, our network expansion efforts are geared toward three key aspects – growth, efficiency, and quality.
We will continue to expand our networks, increase the efficiency of our systems, and further strengthen our role as a leader in network quality.
Germany’s mobile network is being expanded under the terms and conditions resulting from the 2019 spectrum auction held by the German Federal Network Agency. Our initial target is to ensure nearly all households in the country (99 percent) have LTE coverage by the end of 2020. We will also continuously improve the coverage of traffic routes with bandwidths of 100 Mbit/s or 50 Mbit/s. At the same time, we are kick-starting a new generation of mobile communications across the whole of Germany. By the end of 2025, we will provide 5G coverage to 99 percent of the population.
In the fixed network, we have almost completed our FTTC (fiber to the curb) build-out and are now bringing fiber-optic connections into customers’ homes through our FTTH (fiber to the home) expansion. Our initial focus is on expanding into business parks and rural areas (with state funding) and establishing collaborations.
Over the coming years, we will successively extend our FTTH expansion to reach up to an additional 2 million households each year.