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Hamburg heading for comprehensive, swift internet coverage

German government injecting EUR 7.5 million in broadband expansion in Hamburg - another EUR 15 million from Digital Dividends II

The German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure has approved around EUR 7.5 million in funding to expand broadband in Hamburg, according to a press release Monday (March 27th). The additional funding boosts the senate’s efforts to provide comprehensive internet access in less densely populated areas. “Swift internet access is one of the main requirements for taking part in economic and social life. Hamburg is already in a good position. We wish to improve on that to close the gaps. The EUR 7.5 million in federal funding will be a great help. They complement the EUR 15 million available from Digital Dividends II. These funds mean that we have an opportunity to noticeably improve the supply of broadband in so-called white spots. The expansion will begin in summer,“ said Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator of Culture.

Very good broadband supply in Hamburg

Hamburg already leads the way in terms of broadband provision across Germany, according to the German government. The supply rate comes to 94.4 per cent of all households with a possible broadband supply of 50 Megabit per second (Mbits/s) minimum. The supply rate for potential glass fibre connections comes to around 71.4 per cent. Income of around EUR 15.8 million from so-called Digital Dividends II allows Hamburg to improve the supply of broadband in sparsely supplied areas. The market exploration and development of a broadband strategy concluded in 2016 and the award procedure is now underway.

Expansion to begin in summer

The expansion of broadband is to begin this summer and will likely conclude in 2018. The aim is to achieve the best possible coverage in Hamburg at capacities of 55 Megabit per second (Mbits/s) and improve the existing above average supply of broadband.

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