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Deutsche Glasfaser

Targeting to provide fiber connectivity to 6 million households by 2030

Deutsche Glasfaser and inexio will together form the leading provider of fiber-optic internet connectivity for private households and business customers in rural Germany

  • Sektor
    TMT
  • Land
    Germany
  • Ansvarig Advisor
    Matthias Fackler
  • Fond
    EQT Infrastructure IV
  • Entry
    2019
  • Web

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Deutsche Glasfaser

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About
Deutsche Glasfaser and inexio will together form the leading provider of fiber-optic internet connectivity for private households and business customers in rural Germany, targeting to provide fiber connectivity to 6 million households by 2030.

Deutsche Glasfaser was founded in 2011 and has since then been pioneering “fiber-to-the-home” (FTTH) roll-out in rural areas in Germany. Today the company is Germany‘s leading FTTH platform with a best-in-class roll-out machine in place.

inexio was founded by David Zimmer in 2007 and has since the start invested heavily in fiber infrastructure in rural and small-town communities in Germany, predominantly in the Southwestern and Southern parts.

The combined company is Germany's leading FTTH platform and is today already offering fiber-based high-speed internet access to more than 1 million households and businesses in rural Germany.

Market trends and drivers
Germany is one of the most attractive growth markets for fiber in Europe as the penetration rates are significantly lower than in other countries. Specifically, in 2019 only 9% of German households had access to an FTTH internet connection compared to 73% in Sweden and 36% in the Netherlands. As demand for bandwidth is expected to increase strongly driven primarily by rising data volumes and the growth of video streaming, the German government announced its plan to provide universal Gigabit internet access.

Investment potential
The combined group is committed to continue rolling out a large-scale FTTH network that is expected to bring high-speed internet connectivity to 6 million rural and suburban German households by 2030, which represents a significant share of the German government’s plan to provide universal Gigabit internet access. The planned roll-out will be supported by the group’s best-in-class roll-out machine and its unique existing backbone and metro network. Besides this comprehensive B2C agenda, the company will also focus on strengthening its existing B2B business.

Board of directors

  • Chairperson
    Walter Schmidt
  • Board member
    Matthias Fackler
  • Board member
    Marco Visser
  • Board member
    Ulrich Gritzuhn
  • Board member
    Jens Schulte-Bockum
  • Board member
    Timm Degenhardt

Management

  • CEO
    Thorsten Dirks
  • CFO
    Jens Müller

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