Deutsche Telekom continues FTTC build out, says 6m homes to get 100MBps

The CEO of Deutsche Telekom has said six million homes in Germany will have access to 100MBps broadband by February next year as the operator races to upgrade its network.

The company said 4.25 million homes in 50 cities could now access speeds of 100MBps on the downlink and 40MBps on the uplink.

Another 1.25 million premises will be upgraded over the next three months as Deutsche Telekom migrates customers to its IP network and introduces vectoring technology.

Last month, it announced plans to focus FTTH deployments in smaller towns.

The operator has a target of providing a minimum of 50MBps to “around 80 percent” of German households “as soon as possible”.

At 30 September, it had 5.4 million customers signed up to fibre-based broadband services, a year-on-year increase of 1.76 million.

Deutsche Telekom is feeling the pressure as its closest rival announced a major network programme in September.

Vodafone, a critic of the incumbent’s FTTC-first approach, unveiled plans to invest €2 billion over the next four years on deploying FTTH and upgrading its cable infrastructure.

This includes the provision of gigabit speeds to 2,000 business parks, one million rural customers and 12.6 million cable subscribers.

However, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges said: "While others talk about the lines of the future, we're building them in the present.

“We're responding to the demand for increased bandwidth – now."

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