Anyone in Hamburg who needs an Internet connection should – whether an entrepreneur or private individual – be able to enjoy fast Internet speeds in the entire city. But the reality is quite different. Last year, the Red-Green Senate had called for improvement of the situation in the city. An external service provider has now taken up this work as announced by the CDU deputy, Carsten Ovens, following an inquiry by “Welt”.
All the same, there still lacks an accurate overview of the streets that currently have poor coverage – only a mere overview of coverage gaps in roughly defined areas exists. In Hamburg, these include parts of the Vierlande and Marschlande, some regions in Rissen and Sülldorf, Altonaer Volkspark, and Wandsbek.
Internet users in these areas do not even have access to bandwidths of at least 30 Mbit/s. The agenda of the Red-Green Senate aims to change this. The first robust interim results of the survey of poorly covered streets should be available by the end of June, but the expansion work will take years. According to Broadband Academy GmbH, the commissioned service provider, the work is expected to start in one year, as also underlined by the senate’s reply to the enquiry by the CPU deputy, Ovens.