Germany’s Federal Network Agency (FNA, known locally as the Bundesnetzagentur) has revealed that 77% of households in the country are able to access broadband speeds of at least 50Mbps. It notes that the figure rises to as high as 90% in towns and cities, but falls to only 36% of households in rural areas. In terms of higher connection speeds, around 13% of Germany’s 32.5 million fixed broadband subscribers (at mid-2017) are now able to access rates of 100Mbps, double the share compared to mid-2015. The government aims to ensure that speeds of at least 50Mbps are available nationwide by the end of next year. ‘We must not postpone further investments into the distant future and let the opportunities of digitisation pass … As performance requirements increase, it’s clear we need to think ahead of the 50Mbps target for 2018. Germany needs gigabit-capable infrastructure,’ commented the FNA’s president Jochen Homann.
With regards to mobile communications, the FNA said it expects the number of UMTS and LTE customers to reach 66.3 million at the end of 2017, up from 63.1 million twelve months earlier and 58.5 million at 31 December 2015. Speaking of more advanced mobile technologies, Homann said the watchdog aims to make 5G-suitable spectrum available next year.