Copper cables were the main component of telephone lines for decades. Our fiber-optic roll-out means that this type of cable is now gradually being replaced. In 2016, we therefore introduced a Group-wide, mandatory policy. It provides a guideline to our national companies when it comes to the recycling and disposal of legacy cables and also contains requirements for copper cable recycling.
In 2020, Deutsche Telekom removed around 3,773 metric tons of copper cable from ducts in Germany alone. Certified waste disposal facilities process the cables in accordance with environmental standards at certified waste disposal facilities, and up to 90 percent of the material is then recycled.