German regional operator NetCologne said it has begun constructing gigabit-speed fibre-optic networks in the 10 largest business parks in Cologne as part of its five-year, EUR 100 million ‘Digitisation Offensive’ launched last year. Over 85 percent of the companies based in Cologne, including those in the Longerich, Markenich and Hansestrasse business parks as well as the Airport Business Park, will have access to gigabit-speed internet after construction is completed by the end of 2018, said NetCologne. 

NetCologne said it has also connected 50 Cologne schools to its fibre-optic network since the fall of 2017, while the remaining 50 schools are scheduled to be connected by the end of 2018, meaning all 300 school buildings in Cologne will then have access to high-speed, fibre-optic internet. 

The company is also planning to activate another 200 antenna masts to build up its Wi-Fi hotspot network throughout the city and complement the existing 850 Wi-Fi hotspots currently in use. 

The company said it also recently finished upgrading its fibre-optic network in the districts of Langel (Porz) and Zuendorf in southern Cologne, enabling another 3,900 households to enjoy access to 100 Mbps internet. NetCologne invested over EUR 1 million and installed 6 kilometers of fibre-optic cable and 24 switch boxes as part of the upgrade.

NetCologne said it is preparing to further expand its fibre-optic network to encompass an additional 100,000 households beginning in early 2019, after which a total of 450,000 households in Cologne will have access to gigabit-speed internet.

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