Internet Connectivity In Germany

Germany is moving to make the internet a basic right for its citizens. Users will have a right to a fast internet connection from their providers. This decision aims to make the internet more accessible to German citizens who have not enjoyed fast internet like their peer countries.

Internet connectivity has taken a political turn over the recent past. There is a resounding promise to make internet available to everyone. With Germany coming out of an internet ‘dark age’, it is important that the country thinks about expanding their digital infrastructure.

Previously, the country’s connectivity was reliant on old technology which did little for the country. The DSL technology used was unreliable at best and most people did not have access to the internet. In fact, the internet was only available in a few cities.

Deutsche Telekom, the country’s largest internet provider for a long time, has made millions of connections available in multiple cities. This has happened in the most recent past allowing more people to get access to fast and reliable internet.

Even with such strides, Germany still lags behind in internet connectivity. Currently, the country ranks at 28th out of 32 countries in the OECD league. This is despite the fact that Germany is an economic powerhouse and one of the largest manufacturing giants in the world.

Deutsche Telekom uses vectoring, a way to reduce interference on copper wires during signal transmission to achieve faster connectivity. There are calls for the company to use more advanced means such as fiber cables but the company insists that it does not have the economic ability to lay fiber cables throughout the country.

Currently, there are other internet providers working to make the last mile internet connectivity more than a dream. They employ different means of internet connectivity thus giving Germany the hope to attain its objective of connecting the country to high-speed internet by 2025.