Is a broadband connection expensive?

According to the latest Telecommunications Activity Report 2013 by the Federal Network Agency, more than 70% of households now use a broadband connection.

That corresponds roughly to a number of 58.1 million. Many surf at a speed of more than 1 megabit per second. By investing heavily in one better broadband expansion, meanwhile even 58% of German households surf with high-speed internet of 50 Mbit / s and more. The political goal of a Comprehensive internet coverage of more than 50 Mbit / s thus seems very likely.

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What exactly is broadband internet?

In this video, Schlaubi explains exactly what broadband internet actually is and the difference between copper and fiber optic cables.

Broadband connection via DSL

With a total of around 23.3 million users, classic DSL is still the most widespread access to broadband internet in Germany. As the largest network operator among DSL providers, Deutsche Telekom can supply around 95 percent of all households with high-speed Internet. One advantage of DSL is its high availability. Furthermore, customers usually have several providers to choose from, which has a positive effect on the variety of offers and the price development of DSL packages. A disadvantage of DSL is that the speed decreases with increasing distance from the exchange. For users outside of the metropolitan areas in particular, this results in a slower internet connection if they live far away from the exchange.

In the meantime, DSL is being offered by more and more providers as a mobile variant via WLAN. The customers are connected to the Internet via cable, but the connection from the computer to the DSL router is wireless.

Broadband connection via cable

Around three million households in Germany currently use broadband connections via cable. The trend is rapidly increasing. This is mainly due to the growing availability, which was already 95.5% in mid-2013. One advantage of cable internet is that high transmission rates can be achieved even over long distances, since the connection is established via a cable. This means that the speed of the Internet connection is consistently fast even in remote regions. In addition, cable Internet users have a practical benefit. You can get television, telephone and internet - the so-called triple play - from a single source. In terms of price, the cable providers' packages are in no way inferior to those of the DSL providers and often even undercut them.

A WLAN connection can also be used with cable internet. At the moment, however, most cable providers only offer free routers that are not necessarily WiFi-enabled. Another disadvantage of cable internet is that the necessary expansion of the cable network is costly and therefore only progresses step by step. For this reason, the availability of cable Internet is not yet widespread.

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Broadband connection via radio

UMTS radio technology is available in all large cities and metropolitan areas. Measured against the population in Germany, UMTS network coverage now reaches up to 85 percent. UMTS enables surfing speeds of up to 7.2 Mbit / s. With the successor technology LTE, you can even surf the net at up to 100 Mbit / s. Broadband Internet via LTE is therefore a real alternative to DSL or cable and is becoming more and more interesting for many customers. At the end of 2012, 33.6 million surfers were making regular use of the mobile Internet.

However, since you always have to share the radio cells with several users, the possible speeds are often not reached. In addition, you can currently only book LTE tariffs from (www.telekom.de) or (www.vodafone.de). Still, the advantages of the mobile internet are obvious. LTE is not yet available nationwide in Germany, but you can go online wherever it is available without any effort. With a stationary LTE connection, you can also achieve the same speed everywhere in the house, as the LTE frequencies can easily penetrate walls and other objects. This guarantees the same internet speed everywhere in the house.

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Conclusion

The number of Internet users in Germany has doubled over the past decade. A large majority of surfers still rely on classic DSL, but other technologies are catching up. The cable providers on the German market are enjoying great popularity and mobile internet is also enjoying increasing popularity.

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