A highly developed market, Germany is considered the financial powerhouse of the European Union. Whilst the country's capital is Berlin, the undisputed digital capital is the western city of Frankfurt which is the #1 ranked German market on Cloudscene based on data center density. The country as a whole has rapidly modernized with advanced technology driving its place as one of Europe’s largest telecom markets.
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Market Overview
Market Overview

The Federal Republic of Germany, also known simply as Germany, has the largest population in the European Union and the fourth largest landmass. Germany has a population of over 80.15 million, and an internet literacy rate of 89.6% (72.37 million internet users). Berlin is the capital of Germany however Frankfurt is the country’s capital for data center activity.

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of the Germany is over US $3.7 trillion, and with a contribution of 8% from the digital economy, Germany’s data center industry is thriving. Besides Germany’s data centers, the digital economy includes 42.5 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 107.5 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

Germany contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in Germany are:

There are few submarine cables in Germany, with the majority of international traffic travelling through neighbouring countries to reach America and Asia. There are 487 German data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Frankfurt. Large carrier neutral German data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 2,944 service providers.

German Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in Germany are:

  1. FR5
  2. FRA 2
  3. FRA 4
  4. FRA 3
  5. DUS 1

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Germany are:

  1. euNetworks
  2. GTT Communications
  3. Colt Technology Services
  4. CenturyLink
  5. Interxion

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Germany are:

  1. Colt Technology Services
  2. euNetworks
  3. Cogent Communications
  4. GTT Communications
  5. CenturyLink

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and Germany has good coverage of the energy sector. Germany is energized by 54% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil or nuclear fuels. This gives German colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.12 and 1.50. The average PUE for German data centers is 1.29. German colocation facilities provide over 685.97 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 25.00 kW.

Service Providers

Germany’s communications industry is regulated by Bundesnetzagentur. Major players in the carrier space include:

  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Vodafone
  • Telefonica

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene German Facts

  • Total number of German data centers: 487
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 2,944
  • Total number of network fabrics: 42
  • Latest German data center added: Data Center Berlin
  • Latest German data centers service provider: PŸUR Business
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Germany: 82