Broadband atlas

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A broadband atlas is a regionally differentiated representation of the availability of broadband Internet connections .

Broadband infrastructure and availability atlas

In Germany, the first edition of the broadband atlas was presented in 2005 by the Federal Ministry of Economics . There was already a local and more precise broadband atlas for Berlin , the local telecommunications atlas.

On October 6, 2010, a new version of the atlas was released by the BMWi at This revised version was developed by TÜV Rheinland. It is now possible for the user to zoom into the maps, the accuracy of the display is set to 250 × 250 m squares. A distinction is made between wired technologies and radio transmission; for data protection reasons, a further differentiation is only possible when the provider is called on site. In 2012 the broadband atlas was supplemented by a view, now citizens can also find out about the availability of LTE.

In November 2010 the Schleswig-Holstein Broadband Competence Center published an atlas showing DSL availability. The basis of the representation is the propagation of the signal on the copper pair.

Broadband Infrastructure Atlas

So far only one atlas is available nationwide, the broadband infrastructure, z. B. represents fiber optic routes and locations of cable distributors . Companies with relevant infrastructure have published their locations in the so-called fiberglass atlas of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The atlas is published on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein Broadband Competence Center.

Broadband Demand Atlas

Demand atlases currently available

For the state of Brandenburg there has been a broadband atlas since the beginning of March 2008 in which those interested in DSL and broadband in the state can enter their needs. This is intended to provide a precise picture of the nationwide demand for potential investors. In Lower Saxony, the districts have carried out a detailed development and needs analysis in cooperation with the Lower Saxony Broadband Competence Center. The determined data are available to the districts and municipalities for planning purposes and negotiations. The Lower Saxony Broadband Atlas was published in December 2009.

The broadband demand atlas for all of Germany has been online at since the beginning of 2012, based on the experience of the Brandenburg Broadband Atlas. It is planned to develop this platform into a multilingual EU-wide demand atlas.

The Bavarian Broadband Initiative , which was active from 2006 to 2012, had a country-specific availability and demand atlas for the Free State of Bavaria . However, this was reserved for those involved in the broadband initiative, municipalities, broadband sponsors, broadband providers, state and regional governments.

Importance of demand atlases for broadband availability

A demand atlas is used to survey demand and thus to determine the market potential in an undersupplied or undersupplied place or region. This analysis is an essential part of profitability calculations that all market companies carry out before development. He also helps with applying for funding for infrastructure expansion. If there is evidence of sufficient demand in a location, development by a broadband provider is conceivable, but by no means mandatory.

Internet provider availability check

Since DSL is the predominant broadband access technology in Germany (the DSL market share in the broadband market was 95.5% at the end of 2006) and alternative access technologies such as TV cable internet , FTTH , Wimax or HSDPA have only a low availability, especially outside the metropolitan areas, DSL is mostly used -Availability is decisive for the question of whether residential broadband access is available on site. The availability of DSL for individual connections can be checked using the online availability check of the provider, e.g. B. the online T-DSL availability check of Deutsche Telekom can be checked carefully. Another aid is the location-based provider query of the federal broadband atlas, here all providers are listed neutrally that have reported availability for the respective location. On the website of an independent initiative, detailed street-specific availability overviews can be found on this basis, especially for small-town and rural local networks.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ BMWi: German broadband atlas
  2. ^ Schleswig-Holstein: DSL availability
  3. Schleswig-Holstein fiberglass atlas
  4. Schleswig-Holstein Broadband Competence Center
  5. ^ Brandenburg Broadband Atlas
  6. ^ Lower Saxony broadband initiative
  7. Broadband Atlas Lower Saxony  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  8. The all-German broadband demand atlas of LiveMap ( memento of the original from March 30, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. Bavarian Broadband Initiative ( Memento of the original from April 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Deutsche Telekom's online T-DSL availability check
  11. detailed T-DSL availability atlas for individual local networks