Deutsche Telekom approved Thursday (June 14) the expansion of fibre optic networks in Hamburg’s industrial parks. Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Dirk Wössner, a member of Telekom’s Board of Directors, and Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority, took part in in the official groundbreaking ceremony. The first construction phase includes the port’s Stenzelring I and II, Peute and Kleiner Grasbrook. Some 30 per cent of industrial estates had to sign a contract for fibre optic connections as a prerequisite for expansion. Customers can look forward to internet speeds of up to 1 GBit/s from Q2 of 2019.
Expansion in city
Deutsche Telekom will lay around 80 kilometres of fibre optics and set up 28 new network distributors. The marketing of fibre optic connections has also already been successfully completed in three commercial areas outside the Port of Hamburg. Telekom also plans to install fibres optics in the industrial parks in Großmoorring, Am Neumarkt and Heegbarg. A total of 7,000 companies are to be connected to the fibre optic network in Hamburg’s city area.
Deutsche Telekom’s activities in the Port area of Hamburg are part of a project launched in 2017 to expand the use of fibre optics in industrial parks. The company plans to invest more than EUR 2 billion nationwide by late 2022. Then 400,000 companies and businesses in 3,000 industrial estates are to be connected to the fibre optic network.