Vodafone asks Germany to help rollout ultrafast broadband network

Vodafone is aiming to increase its ultra-fast Gigabit connections from nine million to eleven million over the next 12 months in Germany

Reports confirm that Vodafone has called for German government to help with rolling-out ultrafast fibre broadband connections for businesses and homes, by investing in the last mile of networks to build vital infrastructure.

Sources familiar with the matter commented that Germany has not shown great haste to expand its fibre-optic network, causing its substantial export industry to upset as it could lose competitiveness due to slow Internet speeds and risk sluggish advancement in computer-based manufacturing.

Apparently, Vodafone is aiming to increase its ultra-fast Gigabit connections from nine million to eleven million over the next 12 months amongst German households. Furthermore, if the company is allowed the acquisition of Unitymedia, a unit of Liberty Global, it would reach to 25 million Gigabit connections by 2022.

Vodafone is the second largest mobile operator in the world and had confirmed last year it would pay US$22 billion for the cable networks of Liberty Global in Eastern European and German markets to challenge the supremacy of previous monopolies such as Deutsche Telekom, sources added.

According to the sources, the European Union has not shown any major concerns regarding the impact on cable market of Germany from Vodafone buying assets of Liberty Global. This has improved the chances of agreement going further.

Vodafone and Germany had reportedly announced few days back that in the first 100 days of 2019 they had completed 1,300 new LTE sites. With that, Vodafone has connected more than 400,000 Germans to the LTE network for the very first time and for another three million, it has expanded the speeds and capacities in the mobile broadband network.

To realize this goal, Vodafone has been working across 600 new LTE stations countrywide since the start of this year. Moreover, additional LTE antennas were fitted at 700 existing LTE sites.

Source Credit: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/vodafone-presses-germany-for-more-help-in-broadband-roll-out