Berlin After the devastating floods in July, 20,000 households in the affected regions still have to get by without a telephone connection. It will take months to change that, said Deutsche Telekom’s chief technology officer, Walter Goldenits, to journalists on Monday.
In the meantime, around 80 percent have already been reconnected to the fixed network. Alternative solutions, for example through mobile communications, are also being worked on. In the heavily affected areas such as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler or Bad Münstereifel, Telekom wants to directly expand fiber optics in view of the destruction.
The storm front “Bernd” moved across large parts of Germany from July 13th to 18th and caused floods in which at least 180 people were killed. Severe damage from heavy rain and floods occurred primarily in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, but also in Bavaria and Saxony.
More: The insured flood damage is expected to be around seven billion euros
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