Mapping broadband in Germany

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Germany

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Germany is now over 66% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Germany was ahead of the European Union averages for all measures of standard and NGA broadband coverage. In particular, it had extensive NGA coverage among rural households. Note that we have updated the figures published for Germany at the end of 2011, using new data which aligns precisely to the coverage definitions used within the study.

Germany broadband coverage by technology combination

Germany broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

Germany enjoyed extensive VDSL and Docsis 3 cable coverage, although little was invested in FTTP in 2012. Together, these high-speed networks covered two thirds of all German households at the end of the year.

VDSL coverage in rural areas was found to be exceptionally high, and Germany ranks fourth in the EU (excluding Belgium, where the data is not restricted to high-speed services). Overall NGA services were available to nearly 2 million rural households in Germany. This represents more than half of all rural NGA coverage within the European Union.

HSPA coverage, in total and in rural areas, fell behind the European Union averages. But LTE coverage is high, particularly in the rural areas, and coverage grew by 30 percentage points in 2012. Licensees in Germany are mandated to give priority to rural areas in building their LTE networks and the impact of this is clear. Only Sweden provided greater coverage of rural households in 2012, with LTE services.

Apart from LTE, VDSL and Docsis 3 cable also grew significantly in 2012, with both networks increasing their coverage by approximately 6p.p.

Germany total broadband coverage by technology

Germany total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Germany rural broadband coverage by technology

Germany rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Standard fixed broadband coverage across Germany is variable. In general it is the most urban cities which have the highest fixed broadband coverage. The counties with the lowest coverage are generally in the former East Germany, but others are in the more rural areas of West German provinces.

In general the areas that have the highest standard fixed broadband coverage also have the higher NGA coverage. Many areas in the south-west of the country, all the way down to the Rhine valley, had at least 65% NGA coverage. No area was found to be without NGA coverage, although many areas in the former East Germany had lower than average coverage for NGA.

Germany standard broadband coverage map

Germany standard broadband coverage map

Germany NGA broadband coverage map

Germany NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Germany

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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