Deutsche Telekom has begun offering its VDSL2 service to customers in the first 10 communities in its operating territory. Initially supporting up to 50 Mbps, the telco will implement vectoring on its copper lines to offer up to 100 Mbps in the second half of 2014.
Last December, the telco announced that it would spend €6 billion ($7.9 billion) to build out a FTTC network to expand download speeds on its copper lines from 50 to 100 Mbps.
During the first phase of the VDSL2 roll out, the telco will cover 77,000 households. It will then upgrade the next 45 local networks in phases by March to extend the higher speed services to 1 million homes.
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, technical director for Deutsche Telekom, said in a release that "by the end of next year, it will then be already three million households in 100 local networks."
DT is one of a handful of European providers offering VDSL2 services. Belgacom, OTE, TDC Denmark and Telekom Austria A1 are all in one stage or another of deploying a mix of VDSL2 with vectoring in their serving areas.
- see the release
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