In the broadband test of the magazine Connect, the German fiber optics and Deutsche Telekom won in the comparative test.
Since mid-2021, there have been around 29.3 million desktop Internet connections across Germany that are – theoretically – gigabit compatible. Here, both the cable connections according to Docsis 3.1 and the fiber optic cables are combined. A year later, the number of gigabit-compatible desktop Internet connections has increased to 35.8 million, of which more than 10 million are fiber optic connections. The magazine Connect has now tested internet providers in Germany in a broadband test together with the measurement specialist Zafaco. Telecom was the nationwide test winner with 931 out of a possible 1,000 points.
German fiber optics achieves the highest score of all providers
There is room for improvement in the ratio between the actual download speed and the contractually agreed maximum value. Although the British provider Vodafone is Germany’s second largest landline provider with 11.1 million customers, the test result is disappointing. The long connection setup times and the high number of cases where the upload bandwidth falls below the contractually guaranteed data rate are criticized. According to the tests, this is often the case with digital cable connections in particular. The German fiberglass managed a surprise. For the first time, DeutscheOSS participated in the broadband test and directly received more points than Deutsche Telekom. No other ISP scored 939 points. However, telecom and German fiber optics competed in two different categories. Thus, the German fiber optics wins the category of regional providers, as according to VTM there are almost 0.4 million users. Although bandwidth is praised, long speech delays in landline telephony, especially to and from mobile networks, are negative. In addition, website downloads could be faster.
167,860 evaluated individual measurements served as the basis for the test. The publicly available results of the Federal Network Agency’s broadband survey served as the basis for this. Depending on the provider, you currently pay between 70 and 90 euros a month for an Internet contract with fiber optics and 1,000 Mbit / s download. In the future, such contracts will be more expensive, as Jürgen Hansjosten, CEO of the infrastructure fund Infrafiber, explains.
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Collection of landline and broadband tests in Germany 2022:
- Together with measurement specialist Zafaco, Connect magazine assessed 167,860 individual measurements. The publicly available results of the Federal Network Agency’s broadband survey served as the basis for this.
- The broadband and landline offer from Deutsche Telekom won the nationwide test. There is room for improvement in the ratio between the actual download speed and the contractually agreed maximum value.
- Among the regional providers, the German fiber optics won with 939 out of 1,000 possible points, more points than any other provider. In the case of landline telephony, long speech delays are negative and website downloads can be faster.