Copper cables were the main component of telephone lines for decades. These are being partially replaced over the course of our fiber-optic roll-out. In 2016, we therefore introduced a Group-wide, mandatory policy requiring copper cable recycling. This policy provides a guideline to our national companies when it comes to the recycling and disposal of used cables.
In 2019, Deutsche Telekom removed around 7,900 metric tons of copper cable from duct systems in Germany alone. Due to intensified measures, significantly more cables could be identified for recovery in 2019. The cable is processed in accordance with environmental standards at certified waste disposal facilities, and up to 90 percent of the material is recycled.