Telekom Deutschland and EWE have formally established a joint venture to expand fibre-optic networks to customers in northwest Germany, including parts of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. Glasfaser Nordwest, based in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, aims to provide up to 1.5 million households and businesses with high speed internet. The company will begin rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks immediately, with work commencing in Vechta, Belm and Cloppenburg, followed by Achim, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Delmenhorst, Emsdetten, Georgsmarienhutte, Oldenburg, Stade and Tostedt. Glasfaser Nordwest will not be marketing any services directly to end users, but will instead provide EWE, Telekom Deutschland and other telcos with access to the fibre-optic infrastructure under open market conditions.
Last month the Federal Cartel Office approved the fibre-optic network development joint venture, which was first announced in December 2017, after Telekom Deutschland and EWE submitted a list of proposed commitments and concessions. The two parents expect to invest up to EUR2 billion (USD2.2 billion) in Glasfaser Nordwest over a ten-year period.