In Brief: Germany’s federal government allocates more than one billion euros to fill gaps in mobile infrastructure

Mobile infrastructure and data protection were two of the many topics discussed at the Grand Coalition’s retreat at the Meseberg Palace.

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Germany’s federal government is allocating more than one billion euros to fill gaps in the country’s mobile infrastructure.

Head of the Federal Chancellery Helge Braun told public broadcaster ZDF there will be fundamental changes to internet and mobile reception over the next two years.

Step by step, Braun said, they’ll make changes in very rural areas so even a farmer on his land would have the possibility to connect to a 5G network.

Mobile infrastructure was one of many topics discussed at the Grand Coalition’s retreat at the Meseberg Palace. Another was data protection.

Germany’s Economics Minister Peter Altmaier spoke with public broadcaster ARD about the importance of safe data storage.

“We have big partners, such as Telekom, SAP, Bosch and many others. We also have smaller medium-sized companies – each one of them is too weak against international competition,” Altmaier said. “Together we can offer a solution that enables any midsize company to store its data according to a clear transparent standard here in Germany or Europe.”

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Heavy rain and show wreaked havoc on parts of Austria this weekend and into Monday.

In the Carinthia region, people were forced to evacuate their homes. Over the border in Italy, many thousands of people in South Tyrol were without power.

Also in Italy, Venice is still reeling from the damage brought on floods. The city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said last week on Twitter that Venice was “on its knees” and pointed to the “effects of climate change.”

 

 

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