German cable operators gained around 500,000 new internet customers last year and currently provide broadband internet access to a total of 7.7 million households.
This corresponds with an increase of 7% over the previous year, according to German cable operator association ANGA. High speeds are particularly in demand: Over 40% of cable internet customers opt for data rates between 100 and 400Mbps.
“With offers of several hundred Mbps and availability in 74% of households, cable operators will remain in the fast lane in the broadband internet market in 2018,” said ANGA President Thomas Braun. “The upcoming DOCSIS 3.1 cable standard will significantly increase the performance of cable networks towards Gigabit speeds.”
Cable operators are also reporting increasing demand for telephony. Compared with the previous year, another 400,000 households opted for a telephone connection via cable – an increase of 6%.
The number of cable TV households remained largely stable at 17.6 million.