Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), has reported that the number of fixed broadband connections totalled 28.4 million at 30 June 2013, up from 28.0 million six months earlier and corresponding to a household penetration rate of around 71%. DSL connections accounted for 23.3 million of the mid-2013 total (unchanged from end-2012), while cable modem broadband subscribers grew from 4.4 million at 31 December 2012 to 4.8 million six months later. At the same date, fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections stood at around 184,000 and 56,000, respectively, while satellite broadband access totalled roughly 30,000. According to the FNA, alternative providers to the incumbent Deutsche Telekom (operating as Telekom Deutschland) claimed a 56% share of fixed broadband connections at mid-2013, an increase of around one percentage point from six months earlier. Mobile telephony subscribers reached 113.6 million as at 30 June 2013, corresponding to a population penetration of 141.0%.
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