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Deutsche Telekom sets up municipal advisory board

The company is working with representatives from cities and municipalities on issues relating to broadband expansion, 5G and digitisation.

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Deutsche Telekom sees broadband expansion as the engine of digitisation for Germany
Deutsche Telekom sees broadband expansion as the engine of digitisation for Germany

Deutsche Telekom has established a municipal advisory board with the aim of accelerating digitisation in Germany.

 

In the future, the panel, made up of representatives from cities and municipalities, will advise on issues relating to broadband expansion, 5G and other digitisation topics including new digital services.

 

Implementing digitisation

 

The launch event took place in the Telekom building in Winterfeldt-Straße, Berlin, where 5G applications will be showcased in the newly designed “5G garage” in the Berlin test field.

 

“Germany faces the major task of implementing digitisation in business and administration. We at Deutsche Telekom see ourselves as having a special responsibility in this. Broadband expansion is the engine of digitisation,” said Tim Höttges, chairman of the board of management of Deutsche Telekom.

 

“But we can only achieve this together with the local authorities. I am very pleased that the members of the advisory board will advise us as we exchange views with the various interest groups. We see ourselves as partners of cities and municipalities.”

“Together with the local authorities, we want to find ways to expand broadband quickly and unbureaucratically”

At the first meeting, Dirk Wössner, member of the board of management telekom, presented the future 5G and FTTH expansion strategy, and an eight-point programme for 5G expansion has been implemented.

 

“Together with the local authorities, we want to find ways to expand broadband quickly and unbureaucratically,” added Wössner.

 

The municipal advisory council will act as the frame for dialogue between municipalities and Deutsche Telekom. It seeks to be a future platform for discussing mutual ideas, interests and expectations and for developing solutions for specific problems.

 

In addition, the committee may invite external experts to attend individual meetings as guests. The committee consists of 14 members from municipals and municipal umbrella organisations.

 

The advisory board has been appointed for an initial period of three years.

 

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