Poll: Many Germans use landlines again | Free press

Although the mobile network in Germany has expanded significantly, landline telephone is experiencing its comeback. But why?


More and more Germans use the landline network to make phone calls. According to a recent survey commissioned by the comparison portal Verivox, 81 percent of respondents use a landline connection.

In 2021, the percentage in the same survey was 73%. The respondents were between 18 and 69 years old. According to Verivox expert Jens-Uwe Theumer, this development is due to the fact that many people have insufficient cell phone coverage at home. “Mobile coverage leaves a lot to be desired, especially indoors.”

The ramifications of the crown can also play a role: as people have been at home more in the last two years than before, they have become used to using the landline again.

The result of the survey is somewhat surprising as landlines have been falling for a long time. One of the reasons is that mobile phone contracts often have a flat-rate telephone rate, so that consumers use their mobile phones not only when on the road, but often at home as well. During the Corona period and the related constraints, interest in the fixed network increased again. Surprisingly, however, people use landlines more after the end of the restriction pandemic than during the restriction period.

In response to the survey, Frederic Ufer of the Internet industry association VATM indicates that the mobile phone network in Germany has grown significantly. Lots of different parameters play a role in a home connection, says an industry representative. “Overall, 5G will make the network even more powerful.”

The fact is that the German cellular network still has weaknesses. But the fact is also that telecommunications companies are investing a lot of money in better coverage. This progress is also visible in documents from the Federal Network Agency. (dpa)

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