Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Deutsche Telekom Tops 5.8 Million DSL Lines in Germany

Deutsche Telekom ended 2004 with 5.8 million DSL lines in Germany, up by 1.8 million for the year. This figure also includes 246,000 DSL lines sold by T-Com to competitors under its resale offer. 628,000 new broadband lines were recorded in Germany in the fourth quarter alone. In the Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries managed by T-Com in Hungary, Croatia and the Slovak Republic, business operations also focused predominantly on the marketing of broadband communications. The number of DSL lines provided by companies in Central and Eastern Europe consequently increased year-on-year by just under 140 percent to 265,000. This gives Deutsche Telekom a total of 6.1 million DSL lines (including Central and Eastern Europe).

The number of narrowband lines in Germany and abroad fell by 1.5 percent to 54.7 million channels. The number of narrowband lines (including ISDN channels) in operation in Germany was 1.7 percent lower than in the prior year due to substitution by mobile communications and the migration of subscribers to competitors. The number of ISDN channels fell for the first time in the second half of 2004 as a result of the discontinuation of T-Com's attractive price for bundling T-DSL with T-ISDN and the increasing saturation of the market. The number of ISDN channels increased by just under 1 percent in the full year to 21.7 million.
http://www.telekom.deIn February, Germany's Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post (RegTP) reported that Germany ended 2004 with nearly seven million broadband connections, 20% of which were operated by competitors. In the previous year this figure was 11%, which means it has almost doubled within the space of a year. Amongst new broadband customers, the competitors have gained 33% of the market, and this trend was strengthening at year's end. RegTP credits competition and Deutsche Telekom's resale model for these positive trends. Competitive carriers rented over two million local loops from Deutsche Telekom in 2004.


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