The Expansion of digital infrastructure, many cities and municipalities in Germany, a new study shows that a significant pent-up demand.

There is still a large discrepancy between the expectations of citizens and businesses and the local authorities, reports of the cities and municipalities and the TÜV Rheinland according to a survey of more than 100 municipalities. A slow expansion of broadband, comprehensive public W-Lan and a lack of digital services the most serious shortcomings of the investigation. In addition, public funds often remained unused.

municipality of the Federal government and the TÜV had written to the 500 largest German cities and municipalities. Well 100 of you have at least answered parts of the questionnaire. Only half of them has, therefore, over high-performance networks with speeds of more than 50 megabits per second. But these should be the Basis for a nationwide Expansion of the new mobile wireless standards 5G ceiling. Without a sufficient Expansion of the infrastructure of cities and municipalities ran the risk of being “digitally lost”, warn the authors of the study.

Also in the offer, dealing with the authorities online, and to be able to do many municipalities. Almost 30 percent of the municipalities have indicated, few or no services, such as applying for identity documents, online. Especially municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants were currently only limited to the digital needs of their citizens. This also applies to offers for companies. A business license may apply for an entrepreneur, for example, only 15 percent of the smaller communities online.

The expansion of broadband service to many local authorities were funding untapped, it said. Every third municipality had stated, to the Confederation-wide programmes. “If a municipality does not request the grant money, may be complicated the funding process,” suspected Gürkan Ünlü from the TÜV Rheinland. Even 60 percent of the surveyed municipalities do not take support services for traffic control systems, for example in the search for a Parking space, currently.

The municipalities have invested in digital technologies, if you can save this “relatively fast-money, for example, by the reduction in Heating costs or the cost of electricity for street lighting in” municipality of the Federal spokesman Alexander glove. To invest extensively in technologies of the future cities and municipalities in the case but still hard to find fault with the authors of the study.