The German cable operator Unitymedia is planning massive network investments to make broadband internet access possible in small towns and rural areas.
In the first months of this year some 320,000 homes in such areas have received broadband access as part of the “Breitband Regional’ initiative, in which the operator works closely with city governments and housing associations.
Unitymedia CEO Parm Sandhu has now called for municipalities and others to come forward with their plans. “The cost of network expansion in rural areas per household is up to 20 times higher than in urban centres. Our goal to have as many consumers with access to broadband as possible, can only be achieved in close cooperation with the municipalities and the regional housing companies. ”
Applications should reach the operator before June 30.
Unitymedia serves the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse.