Deutsche Telekom to deploy 8 mn IP lines by 2014

Deutsche Telekom has set itself the goal of having around 8 million IP lines across its footprint in Europe by the end of 2014.

Claudia Nemat, board member of Deutsche Telekom for Europe & Technology, and Niek Jan van Damme, board member of Deutsche Telekom for Germany, presented the company´s network strategy at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.

Deutsche Telekom is undertaking immense efforts in various European countries to transform its traditional fixed-line network to one based completely on Internet Protocol (IP). This, in turn, is an important milestone on the group´s way to creating a Pan-European network, that will integrate mobile communications and fixed-line network technology.

“The growing traffic demands by new mobile access technologies including machine-to-machine and real-time applications require a holistic network approach to improve capacity, efficiency and manage the best-possible customer experience,” said Claudia Nemat.

In Germany, around 2.1 million lines have already been converted to IP.

“In 2014, we want to more than double the number of connections converted to IP – and this in continuous operations”, said Niek Jan van Damme.

“Our ambitious objective is to transform our entire network in Germany to IP technology by the end of 2018. We are doing this to enhance the customer experience through superior products, better customer service and shorter time-to-market with higher speed and less latency,” added Damme.

With its subsidiary Makedonski Telekom, Deutsche Telekom just achieved an important milestone in the migration to an all-IP network: Macedonia is now the first country in Europe to have a network that runs entirely on IP technology and to have 100 percent of all customers on that network. By the end of 2014, Slovakia will be the next market. The following year, Croatia and Montenegro will follow and then Hungary. By the end of 2018 Romania, Greece and Germany are expected to have migrated as well

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