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16 May 2013
| Mitch Sayers
Vodafone Germany has today announced it has signed a network access agreement with Deutsche Telekom to offer high-speed fixed-line broadband and IPTV services across Germany.
The operator penned the
agreement with DT in an effort to enhance its portfolio of
Vodafone’s German arm will at first use
DT’s VDSL IP-based network, which is said to offer
customers connection speeds of up to 50Mbps and is set to
double once DT has deployed vectoring technology.
The operator will also use the IP-based network to offer users
its own on-demand and broadcast IPTV services.
As part of the second phase of the agreement, Vodafone Germany
will be able to use DT’s more advanced
Ethernet-based network from 2016. The company said it will
allow a greater level of control over the design and delivery
of its services to consumer and enterprise companies.
"Our agreement with Deutsche Telekom will greatly enhance our
ability to offer our German customers a range of competitive,
high-speed broadband and TV services," said Vodafone Group
chief executive for northern and central Europe, Philipp
Humm also said the deal is in line with the
company’s broader European strategy.
The deal is, however, dependent on receiving approval from
German regulators, the Federal Network Agency.
network access agreement