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Rösler: Expansion of high-performance internet making rapid progress

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In a study of the broadband coverage in Germany at the beginning of 2012, TÜV Rheinland concludes that the expansion of broadband coverage for better internet access in Germany is making much quicker progress than before.

Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler, stated: "Information and communications technologies are of outstanding importance for a modern, knowledge-based society. If we are to make good use of the new technologies, we need a high-performance internet system. For this reason, Germany's broadband strategy aims to provide 75% of households with connections with transmission rates of at least 50 MBit/s by 2014. Last year, we made a major step forwards towards this comprehensive coverage. We shall continue to press ahead with this development."

The current networks now provide nearly half (48%) of all households with data transmission rates of 50 MBit/s or more - an increase of nearly eight percentage points in the second half of 2011. More than 99% of all households in Germany now have basic broadband access of at least 1 MBit/s. Of the approx. 4.2 million households in rural areas, around 92% have been able to benefit from rates of at least 1 MBit/s since the beginning of this year. This represents some impressive progress in the rural areas in the space of just a few months.

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