Deutsche Telekom unveiled plans to push its LTE network to 150 Mbps downlink speeds, to expand its fiber optic infrastructure and reach around 24 million households with up to 100 Mbps service by the end of 2016, and to transform Hamburg into the first “WiFi city”.
In a press conference ahead of next week's IFA trade show in Berlin, executives from Deutsche Telekom described the network infrastructure the Group is implementing as "the best possible combination of technologies, including mobile communications, fixed line, Internet Protocol (IP) based infrastructure and wireless connections (WiFi)."
In addition, the network expansion will allow the Group to hire almost 6,000 of its own trainees by 2015. Deutsche Telekom is also reducing its outsourcing in favor of internal jobs and is promoting partial retirement over early retirement.
“We’re already building the network of the future for Germany today! We’re investing in Germany, for Germany! And not just in the urban centers,” said René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom.
Regarding the modernization of IP infrastructure (project TeraStream), DT said the large-scale conversion to IP-based connections lays the foundation for integrated networks with expanded functionalities. The IP conversion is also taking place in other European subsidiaries and affiliates – and it’s even happening faster in some places. For example, it will be completed in Macedonia by the end of this year. Slovakia will be the next to finish in 2014, Croatia and Montenegro will follow in 2015, and then Hungary in 2016.
- In December 2012, Deutsche Telekom announced the launch of its first pilot of TeraStream IP architecture in the Zagreb area of Croatia. The pilot is being carried out by Hrvatski Telekom, member of Deutsche Telekom Group. TeraStream architecture is based on the "simple – lean – differentiated" approach. It reduces IT complexity by applying the cloud model to network infrastructure.