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“New regulatory instruments will help allow a degree taking part in area within the FTTH market”


We had the pleasure of interviewing Malte Abel, Head of Regulatory Telecoms, Vodafone forward of Related Germany 2022 which is being held in Mainz on December 6-7 2022.

  1. Are you able to introduce your self and your position?

My title is Malte Abel. I’m heading the Regulatory Telecoms at Vodafone in Dusseldorf. Earlier than becoming a member of Vodafone in March 2021, I spent a number of years within the power trade in varied regulatory and authorized positions.

In Regulatory Telecoms we’re coping with the framework for mounted and cellular networks. As well as, the brand new shopper safety guidelines are a part of our duties.

  1. What has the affect of regulatory reform been on enabling sooner community deployment?

The reform of the telecommunications regulation got here into impact in December 2021.

It launched helpful choices to streamline the approval procedures, similar to completeness fictions for submissions. Sure, this may allow sooner community deployment however depends upon concrete actions by the federal states.    

As well as, we’ve seen new regulatory instruments to allow a degree taking part in area on the rising FTTH market (e.g. the idea of equivalence of enter and improved duct entry). Once more, this “mild” regulatory method can solely assist with sooner gigabit rollout if Bundesnetzagentur implements it in a constant approach. We’re not there but, e.g. the regulatory scenario for FTTH-cooperations of Deutsche Telekom continues to be unclear.

Lastly, the correct to quick web has been launched and is at present rolled-out. We see the broad scope of the rollout with skepticism as regulated rollout is a hurdle for personal rollout.

  1. How can the regulatory surroundings proceed to evolve inside Germany?

For my part the main focus must be on implementation of the brand new guidelines.

Our objective at Vodafone is the gigabit provide to all households. So, the necessity to change the copper community by gigabit networks is widespread sense. 32 m households have already got entry to gigabit networks, thereof 24 m households linked by Vodafone. Whereas investor curiosity stays excessive, we’ll solely achieve success if telecommunication, regulator and politics cooperate carefully.

Just a few factors to focus on:

  • We want subsidies solely in areas with out current gigabit networks
  • Regulatory interventions (e.g. common companies) needs to be restricted
  • New laying methods should be allowed extra rapidly
  1. What are you most wanting ahead to at Related Germany?

In fact, I’m wanting ahead to attention-grabbing conversations and assembly folks in actual life that I solely know from digital conferences thus far.

You’ll be able to hear from Malte and the remainder of our wonderful speaker line-up by becoming a member of us at Related Germany – observe the hyperlink to safe your house!



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