11 September 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Vodafone Germany has announced its plans to invest €2bn in gigabit ultra-fast fibre broadband services by 2021.
With this new investment comes a
predicted 13.7 million new gigabit connections for German
consumers and enterprises.
Commenting on the project, Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of
Vodafone Germany, said: "I am excited to announce this
transformational investment plan for Germany, which will bring
Gigabit broadband services to millions of consumers and
businesses. The project is consistent with our strategic goal
to become a leading converged communications operator in
Germany, enabled by a best-in-class Gigabit network
infrastructure. I am confident that these largely success-based
investments will deliver incremental revenue growth and
attractive returns for Vodafone’s
The new plan comprises three new services:
Giga-Business, which follows on from the
partnership agreement with Deutsche Glasfaser, a
fibre-to-the-premises network in Germany that launched in 2017.
Giga-Business is an extension of that, with the aim to reach
100,000 companies in 2,000 business parks by the end of
The second is Giga-Municipality, which aims
to provide gigabit services to approximately one million
consumer households in rural areas. The municipality will own
and be responsible for building the passive network
infrastructure, while Vodafone will operate this network under
a long term rental agreement, building the link between the
central office and its fibre backbone, deploying the active
equipment and paying the connection costs for each household.
Build out will begin once a third of the homes in a
municipality have committed to buying fibre services.
there’s Giga-Cable. Through
this initiative Vodafone’s cable footprint will be
upgraded from 500Mbps to 1Gbps using DOCSIS 3.1 technology for
Vodafone’s 12.6 million cable homes.
Vodafone has said that it expects that the investment will
drive an uplift of 1-2% in Germany’s service
revenue growth, with predicted above average incremental EBITDA