Deutsche Telekom has provided an update on its growth strategy for Germany, announcing the development of a high-performance infrastructure that includes mobile speeds of 150 Mbps and plans to make Hamburg the first "WiFi city".

In total, DT said it is investing over €23 billion in Germany between 2010 and 2015. Last December, it revealed it intends to spend €30 billion in both Germany and the US.

The operator reiterated its plan to drive up fixed line network speeds with vectoring, which alongside growth in fibre infrastructure will allow for data transfer speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.

Roughly 12 million households are already connected to the company's fibre network, but this figure will be swelled by a further 800,000 this year.

The operator said it will set up 17,600 additional "multifunctional" street cabinets and lay approximately 10,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable.

In total, around 24 million households will be provided with fibre connections by December 2016.

Meanwhile, DT is promising top mobile speeds of up to 150 megabits per second via a "thorough rollout" of LTE, which will be live in in roughly 200 cities by the end of this year.

In addition, it will make Hamburg the first German city to be equipped with WiFi technology "on a huge scale". It already operates 500 hotspots in the city.

René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom, said: “We’re strengthening our position as the leading network provider for our customers. No other telecommunications company invests as much as Deutsche Telekom.”

Further, the operator said it will reduce its reliance on outsourcing in favour of internal jobs and prioritise semi-retirement over early retirement.

The overall investment will boost jobs, enabling the firm to hire nearly 6,000 of its own trainees by 2015.

 

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