Deutsche Telekom will build and operate the network of the future for the Stuttgart Region, laying the foundation for digitalisation of the area. The company is investing a total of up to €1.1 billion. The Region is providing a funding programme valued at up to €500 million to the commercial rollout.
Deutsche Telekom and the Stuttgart Region will advance the fibre-optic rollout together, as strong partners, in the state capital of Stuttgart and the five surrounding districts Böblingen, Esslingen, Göppingen, Ludwigsburg, and Rems-Murr, for all 179 cities and municipalities. These plans have been cemented in a letter of intent that representatives of the Region and the company signed in Stuttgart on July 2nd.
The final contract will be signed by the end of the year. The first building work to connect business parks and municipalities to the fibre-optic network will kick off immediately afterwards: both partners share the goal of supplying 90 per cent of company sites in business parks with fibre to the home (FTTH) by 2022. By 2025, half of all households, all business parks, and all eligible schools will be connected with FTTH. Ultimately, 90 of the total 1.38 million households will benefit from gigabit lines by 2030. What’s more, all of the nearly 140,000 company sites and businesses are to be covered by 2030.
Dr. Dirk Wössner, member of the Management Board at Deutsche Telekom responsible for business in Germany, said: “We are pleased that the Stuttgart Region has chosen to partner with Deutsche Telekom in building the high-speed network of the future. Together with the five surrounding districts, Stuttgart has one of the strongest, most innovative regional economies in Europe. A fast data network is the basic infrastructure for digitalization. We will put our shoulders to the wheel to make the Region a flagship and prove that their trust in us is not misplaced. We will shape the future of the Region together – and I’m looking forward to it.”