Gigabit networks for the digital society and economy!

A high-performance and nationwide broadband infrastructure is indispensable for the realisation of the gigabit society. While the supply of companies in cities is usually already quite good, there is still considerable need for improvement in rural regions. Urgent action is needed here, as around 70 percent of industrial employees work in rural areas.

The ZVEI demands that the connection to rural industrial areas should become one of the most urgent tasks of economic policy. "Broadband expansion must be in the focus of politics; it should be equivalent with energy and water supply or road construction," emphasizes Herbert Strobel, Chairman of the ZVEI Satellite & Cable division. An industrial broadband infrastructure is not only of great relevance for industry. The digitalised healthcare industry, intelligent power grids, networked mobility and smart buildings also require a powerful Internet connection. "The international competitiveness of German companies therefore depends crucially on the expansion of broadband networks," says Strobel.

The ZVEI represents both the manufacturers of components for the broadband infrastructure, such as the manufacturers organised by the Satellite & Cable divison, as well as potential user industries. These include industrial manufacturing (Industry 4.0), energy technology (Smart Grids), medical technology (eHealth), building technology (Smart Building), networked mobility and consumer electronics.

The ZVEI position paper "Future-proof broadband expansion" describes the requirements from the point of view of both manufacturers and users.

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