Telecoms and internet
Leipzig has unbeatable connections to the rest of the world. There is a broad market of telecoms, internet, solution and content providers as well as multimedia service providers and agencies. The Leipzig region has a fully digitized telephone network, a high density of telecoms service providers and various branches of telecoms companies accessing national and international networks.
Leipzig: A hub of international networks
Leipzig is linked to the German internet backbone with a quintuply redundant system via Deutsche Telekom, has a connection of 10 gigabits per second to the German research network and ist directly connected to KPN International's EuroRings Network.
Leipzig: Fast broadband throughout the city by 2020
An analysis of the current state of broadband in Leipzig was conducted on behalf of the Office for Economic Development so that the area covered by the high-speed broadband network can be increased. Following a market study and an invitation for expressions of interest, expansion areas were defined and network planning carried out. The goal is to ensure that all private households in Leipzig have a bandwidth of at least 50 megabits per second, while the target bandwidth for schools, business parks and industrial estates is at least 500 megabits using fibre optics.
The broadband study found that:
- About 3,000 private households
- About 350 businesses
- About 188 public institutions, including 170 schools
in Leipzig are undersupplied and qualify for a 90 percent high-speed broadband connection subsidy. This funding for the expansion of broadband services has already been applied for. All in all, new fibre optics cables with a total length of 400 kilometres are to be installed in Leipzig, 90 kilometres of which can be laid in existing empty conduits. Moreover, more than 250 new intermediate splice points and distribution terminals are planned.
Said Uwe Albrecht, Deputy Mayor of Economic Affairs and Employment: "The expansion of Leipzig's broadband infrastructure will enable all households, businesses and schools to be connected. It will also allow digital services such as e-health, e-learning, autonomous driving and Smart City to be implemented. Thanks to the information superhighway provided by the fibre infrastructure, we're ready for the future 5G standard."
If you'd like to learn more about the broadband technologies available in Leipzig, consult the BMVI Broadband Atlas of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Broadband Atlas of Saxony to find out exactly where in Leipzig what types of connections are possible.