Deutsche Telekom to Invest EUR 6 bn in European network

Deutsche-Telekom-to-Invest-EUR-6-bn-in-European-NetworkDeutsche Telekom will meet the prerequisites for technological leadership by 2018 by investing more than EUR 6 billion into its networks through 2018.

Deutsche Telekom has connected the first three of ten countries for its new European network. Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia can draw products from a standardized platform.

“We need more Europe and are laying the technological cornerstone for this today. With our European network and the cross-border infrastructure, we will be able to set the tone and not just dance to the beat of drummers from the US and Asia,” said CEO Timotheus Hoettges at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“We are the first multinational telecommunications company to be able to truly make use of the synergies that arise when the national companies work together. This is our master plan for the digitization of Europe,” added Hoettges.

“Our national companies can draw standardized product building blocks from a central catalog and use these to put together offerings customized to suit the market situation in their own regions. This enables us to balance local diversity with an efficient production model. We began planning in 2013 and will continue on this path step by step to build central European network factories by 2020,” said Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Europe and Technology.

“We are consistently pursuing this path and, in the meantime, are migrating up to 100,000 customer lines across Europe to IP technology each week,” said Nemat.

By the end of 2018, all Telekom networks will speak one language i.e. IP. Accordingly, the Group will also be able to operate these networks centrally.

With top speeds of 300 Mbps, the Deutsche Telekom LTE network is already well equipped and fast. Further expansion in the European markets is ensuring that by 2018 around 95 percent of the population will be able to use high-speed LTE for mobile connectivity.

By 2020, all DT radio masts in Europe will be equipped with LTE technology. DT is also a key driver of the global standardization of the next mobile generation – 5G – through its chairmanship of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.

By 2018, half of all households connected to the DT network in Europe will be able to surf the Internet via broadband connections at speeds of at least 100 Mbps. Speeds in the fixed-line network will reach up to 500 Mbps for around 12 percent of households in the coming years. Deutsche Telekom will achieve this primarily through the combination of fiber optic technology and new technologies such as G.fast and Super Vectoring, which it will gradually deploy throughout Europe in connection with the infrastructure restructuring.

Hybrid technology provides an especially good customer experience. It bundles fixed-line and mobile access and can perform up to twice as well. Starting today, the first hybrid router will be available throughout Germany. As a next step, additional TV functions will be integrated into the router. Other European subsidiaries of the Group also plan to introduce the new router this year. The goal is to bring a total of 100,000 devices to market by the end of 2016.

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