Vodafone has revealed that it plans to roll out its own VDSL2 network, with a pilot deployment to begin next year, reports Telecompaper citing a Digitalfernsehen.de article.
Jens Schulte-Bockum, CEO of Vodafone Germany, said it is in a good position to develop the VDSL2 service after acquiring Kabel Deutschland and purchasing VDSL copper connections from incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom.
"That would be a good addition to the cable network and the marketing of VDSL ports that we rent by Telekom," Schulte-Bockum says.
Deutsche Telekom is being no less aggressive. It recently said that in order to reach 90 percent of the country with higher-speed DSL, including its vectored VDSL service, it will have to spend up to $13.4 billion in government funding.
But Germany is just one element of a broader VDSL2-rollout plan for Vodafone. The service provider is planning a similar expansion project in Spain, where it recently bought Ono.
These recent developments at Vodafone and DT will be music to the ears of vendors such as ADTRAN, which sees the ongoing consolidation of the European service-provider market as a potential benefit to its own international expansion efforts.
- Telecompaper has this article (sub req.)
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