Based in Germany or a nearby region and not happy with your website’s current hosting provider’s VPS solution? Are you underestimating how your hosts location impacts your website’s performance? Maybe it’s time to look for a service closer to home. One without the latency, down time, or a lack of features.
While Germany’s internet infrastructure may not be on the same level as that of tech titans like South Korea or Hong Kong, the country has made significant strides in recent years to improve their telecommunication systems, and this progress is only expected to continue upwards.
Here’s the rundown on Germany’s current internet state, and how it plays a part in German hosting solutions.
Most of Germany’s internet is accessed through DSL technology. Fiber-optic cable highways – which are at least 20 times faster than standard DSL connections – make up a mere 1% of Germany’s internet coverage. This is incredibly low. Luckily, the areas that do utilize fiber-optic cables – mostly larger cities – offer data speeds ranging between 10 and 200 Mbps.
Most of the blame for Germany’s lackluster internet infrastructure can be placed on Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom was once a government-owned corporation which served as the only internet service provider for German citizens. The company also took measures to delay the construction of fiber-optic cable networks for as long as possible. It wasn’t until after its privatization that pressure from regulatory agencies forced Deutsche Telekom to sell its DSL cable network. After Telekom’s monopolization ended, more ISP’s entered the country and internet access technologies grew.
Today, the German government is taking steps to improve its internet infrastructure. It plans to invest 10 billion euros into broadband expansion. The ultimate goal is to hook every German household up to a 50 Mbps internet connection by 2018. Government aside, much of the investment will come from the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s “network alliance for a digital Germany”, a group of trade federations and telecommunication companies. This will help connect rural areas, bring more ISP’s, and expand its fiber-optic grid.
With all this said, Germany is still considered one of the preferred offshore hosting locations. Just make sure a host is located in a larger city where faster internet access is more prevalent, such as in Frankfurt or Munich.
Here’s our list of the best Germany VPS hosting providers and their prices.