New Germany CEO offered a gigabit on all 4M Rogers cable connections in Canada, his previous company. Despite very high prices, Rogers has returned to growth. 46% of their residential Internet base already take speeds ≥100 Mbps. Now he's moving from Canada to Bonn, replacing Niek Jan van Damme. His new boss, Tim Höttges, has been betting DT's future on the belief most Germans will stick to DT if he builds a network designed for 50 Mbps downloads.
The Rogers figures are a potent argument that 50 Mbps will not satisfy most customers in years to come. The German cablecos have been winning market share for years and cover two-thirds of the country. Those that are still only 200 or 400 Mbps will almost all go to the gig in the next few years because the upgrades are so cheap.
G.fast can easily deliver hundreds of megabits upstream, far more than most cablecos will offer before next decade.