In many ways, Germany is a pioneer and role model for the rest of the world. However, fast internet is not one of them, as some developing countries are better positioned. This is also shown by a current analysis of fiber optic expansion.

The market overview 2022 of the Federal Association of Broadband Communication (Breko) shows that just 26 percent of German households get Internet via fiber optics. The differences between the federal states are significant.

In the meantime, you can use the CHIP speed test to find out how fast your internet really is:

The federal states show a very unequal distribution of fiber optic expansion. The frontrunners are Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, where almost two-thirds of households are already supplied with fiber optics.

After that there was nothing for a long time and finally Saxony-Anhalt in third place with a third:

Ironically, the capital Berlin is far behind, with just ten percent fiber optics among users.

The demand for fiber optics continues to increase. 4.4 million new connections have been added since the end of 2020. The federal government aims to supply half of all German households with it by 2025, and even 100 percent by 2030.

However, current geopolitical developments could push this goal somewhat into the background, so rapid expansion will be a challenge.

Exciting: Currently, 71 percent of fiber optic connections belong to alternative network operators – i.e. competitors of Deutsche Telekom, which is actually the top dog in the network.