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Deutsche Telekoms gigabit fibre strategy - 2011

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Last updated: 9 Aug 2011 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 30


Germany is one of the growing number of European countries which have reached a turning point regarding national broadband architecture. Until this year, the presiding focus was on squeezing greater capacity out of copper (DSL and cable), while relegating fibre to backhaul in most instances, with FttH being delivered in only a few urbanised areas. This was largely for reasons of cost, but it also resulted from a misguided appreciation of future consumer requirements for bandwidth, as also a misunderstanding of the national economic benefits of a fibre-based IP network. This has changed, and rapidly. Many areas with fibre infrastructure in place are providing a unique business case in favour of FttH, since the cost of installing the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAMs) needed to upgrade the copper cable networks has become more expensive than using the existing optical network. The potential for using and extending the fibre infrastructure in these areas is substantial, and recent moves by the regulator as well as pragmatic commercial decisions by telcos are expediting Germany’s migration to FttH nationally.

Key developments:

Regulatory and commercial developments have improved the business case for FttH to be deployed nationally

Companies covered in this report include:

Deutsche Telekom

Financial information includes:

Deutsche Telekom domestic revenue; a report providing Deutsche Telekom financial information prepared by Indigo Equity Research

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