Construction of the largest broadband project, which is publicly funded, is starting in the north of Saxony-Anhalt. In the sparsely populated Altmark, which is twice as large as the Saarland, the funding is intended to connect tens of thousands of households to ultra-fast fiber optics in the next few years.
For this purpose, more than 2,300 kilometers of cable are to be laid. Details of the project will be presented in Gardelegen on Monday (2 p.m.). Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU), among others, are traveling to get information about the project.
Saxony-Anhalt has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to broadband expansion and is currently in second to last place in a country comparison. According to the broadband atlas, 78.5 percent of households in Saxony-Anhalt were able to get connections at download speeds of 50 megabits per second at the end of last year. A little less than one in ten already has access to the 20 times faster gigabit network.
For comparison: Nationwide, 92 percent of households are connected at rates of at least 50 megabits per second and 43 percent have access to a gigabit connection. The federal government recently announced that in five years everyone in Germany could surf at least one gigabit per second. Where the private telecommunications providers do not lay cables themselves because it is uneconomical, there are grants.
- Fiber optic cable Telekom: © Deutsche Telekom