Germany has the second largest broadband market in Europe. The dominant DSL platform is led by Telekom Deutschland which has invested in ADSL2+ and VDSL upgrades serving many urban areas. Although it has also invested in FttC, financial and market considerations have more recently encouraged the company to pursue DSL vectoring technologies. This strategy is aimed at competing with cablcos as also reaching the government and European broadband targets by 2020. The greatly consolidated cable sector has invested in extensive DOCSIS3.0 technologies, offering widespread 120Mb/s services which DSL cannot yet match. Faster broadband is creating demand for new bundled services while intense competition has seen prices fall dramatically. Lower charges for local loop unbundling imposed by the regulator should also help increase competition and lower prices further.
This report profiles Germany’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with forecasts to 2020 and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as fibre-to-the-home, powerline broadband, wireless broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite. It also examines Telekom’s Next Generation Network and the regulatory issues relating to competitor access to new networks.
NGA Forum adopts framework policy on the interoperability of broadband networks; EC closes infringement case against government for protecting TD in VDSL market; TD forms separate FttH division; Vodafone considers migrating DSL subscribers to LTE network; KDG extends 100Mb/s DOCSIS 3.0 network to 6.9 million homes, rolls out free WiFi network in Berlin; TD plans DSL vectoring though regulatory hurdles remain, signs deal with Fon Wireless to expand WiFi network; Liberty Global acquires Kabel BW; regulator’s market data for 2011, VATM market data for 2011; telcos’ operating and financial data to September December 2012; market developments to March 2013.
Companies covered in this report include:
Telekom Deutschland, United Internet, Vodafone, Tiscali, Freenet, Telefónica, QSC, Kabel BW, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia, PrimaCom, The Cloud, Energie Baden-Wurttemberg.