Karlsruhe and Frankfurt at the forefront when it comes to internet speed

Germans are on the Internet at different speeds. According to an evaluation by the comparison portal Verivox, users in Baden-Württemberg surf faster than those in Berlin. In addition to lower speeds, smaller cities also have to contend with something else.

The German high-speed corridor extends from the Ruhr area to Stuttgart.

BThere are still major differences in Internet speed in Germany. DSL and cable customers surf the fastest in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt am Main, according to an evaluation by the comparison portal Verivox. It was presented to AFP on Sunday. There, the average booked speeds are almost 80 megabits per second (Mbit / s). In Magdeburg, progress is therefore the slowest at around 48 Mbit / s.

Verivox evaluated contracts concluded in 25 major German cities last year. Accordingly, things are moving very quickly in Cologne with 69 Mbit / s. Berlin with 60 Mbit / s and Hamburg with 59 Mbit / s are in the middle, while in Munich it is just under 50 Mbit / s. Across Germany, the average speed booked was 57 Mbit / s.

An evaluation for each federal state showed that fast Internet connections are booked more frequently in the west and south-west – the ten fastest cities form a veritable high-speed corridor on the map of Germany.

The urban-rural divide is greatest in Saxony

It stretches from the Ruhr area to Stuttgart across the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. Consumers from the new federal states or Bavaria surf more slowly. “The West’s lead in Internet speed has been measurable for years,” said Jens-Uwe Theumer from Verivox. Internet expansion in densely populated regions is more lucrative for providers.

According to Verivox, the urban-rural gap is greatest in Saxony. There, the average speed in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants is 56 Mbit / s, outside it is only 18 Mbit / s on average. This difference is therefore smallest in Bavaria: between 51 Mbit / s in cities and around 47 Mbit / s in rural areas.

However, not all small towns are the same in Internet Germany: In Baden-Württemberg the speed in rural areas is an average of 65 Mbit / s – the situation here is therefore the best in a comparison of the federal states. According to Verivox, Internet users in the state are even faster than the average Berliner (60 Mbit / s).

In addition to lower speeds in smaller cities, users often also have higher costs than in larger cities, as Verivox announced. The providers must therefore fall back on DSL lines from Deutsche Telekom – some of the additional costs are passed on to the consumers.

According to Verivox expert Theumer, higher and more stable bandwidths are “urgently needed”. Data transmission via stationary connections has increased by around 40 percent in the last two years alone. Cable internet already enables ten times the bandwidth. With fiber optic connections even 1000 Mbit / s are possible.