The availability of a fast, reliable telecommunications infrastructure is one of the key criteria that people today apply in deciding where to live, work and locate businesses. Fast, reliable online access now plays an indispensable role in people's personal lives, in the public sphere and in business and institutional processes. It is thus clear that the value of a good network infrastructure can only grow as virtually all areas of life and work become digitized..
Deutsche Telekom provides high-performance networks at its Bonn location. In fact, it has been providing Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) connectivity in Bonn, thereby making Bonn one of the very first cities in Germany to receive this bandwidth standard. VDSL supports Internet communication at transmission rates of up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps). As of 2018, Deutsche Telekom customers with a VDSL access will be able to surf the Internet at speeds of up to 100 Mbps. This will be made possible via the "vectoring" process, which makes higher transmission speeds possible by eliminating interfering signals in home connections, i.e. in the "last mile."
The company's mobile communications services are also impressive. Deutsche Telekom has already extended coverage with the fastest mobile communications standard, LTE (Long-Term Evolution), to nearly 95 percent of the city's area. LTE is a fourth-generation digital mobile communications standard that supports transmission speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In addition, Deutsche Telekom now operates over 150 Telekom Hotspots throughout the city that offer each user half an hour of free Wi-Fi access per day. An additional 50 Hotspots are to be added in 2017, in order to provide even better coverage in Bonn's central areas.
Secure networks in Bonn
As the pace and extent of digitization grow, IT security is becoming a more and more important issue. Effective security technologies are needed to prevent hackers and other criminals from gaining unauthorized access not only to PCs and smartphones, but also to a wide range of connected devices, such as cars. Deutsche Telekom is pursuing a strategy of collaborating with strong partners to develop measures that provide effective, lasting protection against cybercrime and cyberterrorism threats. In the process, it is turning Bonn, the former capital of Germany (and where its headquarters is located), into a "capital for Internet security." In Bonn, Deutsche Telekom has set up its own Cyber Defense Center and founded a relevant new business unit, Telekom Security. These corporate units are charged with developing integrated security concepts and offering effective, powerful security solutions, based on such concepts, from one source.