Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in its domestic market under the brand Telekom Deutschland, has unveiled plans for the rollout of a high-performance telecoms infrastructure in Germany based on multiple technologies. As part of the programme, the Bonn-based company will boost maximum download speeds for mobile communications to 150Mbps by equipping its LTE base stations with new technology in urban areas where speeds of up to 100Mbps are already possible. At present, this coverage area includes over 100 cities and the number is expected to rise to almost 200 by the end of the year. In the fixed line arena, DT will roll out vectoring technology and further expand its fibre-optic infrastructure to allow for data transfer rates of up to 100Mbps. Around twelve million households are already covered by the firm’s fibre-optic network, with a further 800,000 in 44 towns and cities to follow this year, ahead of a coverage target of 24 million households by the end of 2016. To help achieve this target, DT will set up 17,600 additional multifunctional cabinets and deploy roughly 10,000km of fibre-optic cable. DT also has plans to make Hamburg a ‘HotSpot city’, by gradually rolling out Wi-Fi technology on large scale. The firm already operates around 500 hotspots in locations such as the city’s airport and cafes, but the network will be expanded in phases starting with the harbor area and tourist centres around the docks. As of now, surfing the web is free of charge for the first hour at these access points. Overall, the group will invest more than EUR23 billion (USD30.3 billion) in its home market between 2010 and 2015.
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