Germany boosts broadband expansion funding to EUR4bn

4 Jul 2016

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Bundesministerium fur Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur, BMVI) has revealed that an additional EUR1.3 billion (USD1.4 billion) has been allocated by the government for the expansion of high speed broadband networks in underserved parts of the country, raising the total fund from EUR2.7 billion to EUR4 billion. Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt said the increase will lead to the development of a gigabit society throughout Germany.

In October 2015 the government approved the BMVI’s plans to allocate EUR2.7 billion to promote the rollout of high speed broadband in so-called ‘white spots’, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. The funding, which includes EUR1.33 billion generated by the June 2015 mobile spectrum auction, will be made available to local authorities in rural and remote locations. Local bodies can subsidise telecoms operators in two ways, either by financially supporting the economically unattractive rollout of broadband networks by a telecoms operator, or by installing broadband networks themselves and then renting out their infrastructure to suppliers.