Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Deutsche Telekom Announces VDSL Wholesale Deal

Deutsche Telekom reached a wholesale agreement for 1&1 and Vodafone to offer VDSL connections over its network in Germany.

The service is due to be launched over the next few months. 1&1 and Vodafone will be the first competitors to use the wholesale service for VDSL Double Play, which will offer customers transmission speeds of up to 50 Mbps while surfing the Internet. Deutsche Telekom has already expanded its VDSL network in 50 German towns and cities.

In a press statement, Deutsche Telekom emphasized that it reached this agreement voluntarily and that it views regulatory pressure as counter-productive.

DT already has plans in place to expand the network in 13 German towns and cities by teaming up with competitors such as Vodafone, EWE, M-Net and NetAachen. Further discussions are also underway.

"No new infrastructure will be built simply as a result of regulating network access. What Germany now needs is the courage to deregulate; more freedom will help further boost growth in the broadband market," stated Timotheus Höttges, Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Telekom.

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