Germany’s largest telco Deutsche Telekom (DT) has claimed rural broadband success in 2008. In a press release, DT says that in 2008 400 rural municipalities gained broadband access for the first time. As a result, around 400,000 households have been given the opportunity to go online. ‘Unlike other providers, we are investing not only in lucrative metropolitan areas but are also promoting broadband rollout in rural areas,’ said Timotheus Hottges, Board Member for T-Home, Sales & Service at DT. The German Association of Towns and Municipalities (Deutsche Stadte- und Gemeindebund (DStGB)), which supports the cooperations, welcomed the initiative. ‘Rural areas also need broadband supply in order to use their economic potential and growth opportunities. We are therefore delighted that Deutsche Telekom has kept its promise and helped so many municipalities to get fast internet connections’, said Dr. Gerd Landsberg, CEO of DStGB.
DT reports it can now supply 96% of German households with a DSL line, up 2% year-on-year.