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Moving forward thanks to fast Internet. Broadband coverage is quite good in about 90% of the urban areas, and Grevenbroich tops the Rhine region in terms of Internet speed.
This was the report of the mayor, Klaus Krützen, to the council. Almost all areas have speeds of 50 Mbit/s and above. 82.9 percent of the region enjoys up to 100 Mbit/s, which means that Grevenbroich currently has the best coverage in the Rhine region. 

As the chief administrator underlined, this high level of coverage was achieved thanks to the activities of Telekom through the Vectoring expansion, Deutsche Glasfaser through its establishment of a completely new fiber optic network in some regions, and the complementary services by Unitymedia. 

In the city, only a few so-called “white spots” are left. These have speeds of less than 30 Mbit/s. According to Krützen, no provider is willing to undertake independent expansion in these areas within the next three years. These areas include Busch, Gubisrath, the area around “Am Gather Hof”, and part of the eastern commercial area. 

These areas too can be supplied with fast Internet in the future. The council unanimously voted for a cooperation between the Rhine region. A wish to apply for a subsidy from the federal government on behalf of the cities and municipalities to finance the expansion of the broadband coverage in poorly covered areas through telecommunications service providers. 

The target is to ensure a transmission speed of 50 Mbit/s or more if technically and economically feasible. The success or failure of the application will be known in early 2017. Until then, the federal project sponsor will decide on the municipalities to receive the funding based on an elaborate evaluation procedure. 

Broadband Academy analyzed the Internet supply in the Rhine region and identified areas that currently have poor coverage as a basis for the cooperation agreement. 


Source: NGZ Online


News Date: 
03. Oktober 2016