Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport has announced that its Gigabit Strategy 2030 has received approval from the Federal Cabinet. The latest strategy aims to achieve widespread coverage of fibre-optic networks and the latest mobile communications standard wherever people live, work and travel by 2030. The strategy outlines a number of key goals, including the supply of at least half of all German households and businesses with FTTH/B networks by the end of 2025 and better mobile phone coverage on railway lines. It proposes that building and site permits are simplified, with the possibility for construction to begin before the building permit is granted, the reduction of the separation distances provided for cell towers and a permit waiver for mobile towers and modifications to existing cell towers. It aims to increase acceptance of microtrenching and above-ground laying techniques, which deploy fibre-optic cables faster and with less capacity, among municipalities and companies in the construction industry.
In order to track the implementation of the gigabit strategy, the Ministry is creating a new federal state secretary committee, which will meet at least four times a year to review the implementation of the gigabit strategy and, where necessary, make adjustments and provide assistance. In addition, it is establishing an institutionalised industry dialogue in order to improve cooperation between the state and the market in accelerating the expansion.