Deutsche Telekom recently held the first meeting of its newly founded Municipal Advisory Board in Berlin.
The committee has been formed to advise on issues relating to broadband expansion, 5G, new digital services and more.
The committee consists of 14 members from municipalities and municipal umbrella organisations, and has been appointed for an initial period of three years.
The board will act as the ‘frame’ for dialogue between municipalities and Deutsche Telekom and as a platform for discussing mutual ideas, interests and expectations.
“Germany faces the major task of implementing digitisation in business and administration. We at Deutsche Telekom see ourselves as having a special responsibility in this. Broadband expansion is the engine of digitisation,” said Tim Höttges, chairman of the board of management of Deutsche Telekom.
“But we can only achieve this together with the local authorities. I am very pleased that the members of the advisory board will advise us as we exchange views with the various interest groups. We see ourselves as partners of cities and municipalities.”
At the first meeting, Dirk Wössner, Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom, presented a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) strategy and an eight-point programme for 5G expansion.
“Together with the local authorities, we want to find ways to expand broadband quickly and unbureaucratically,” added Wössner.
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