DT to Offer Minimum Speed of 50 Mbps to 80% of All Households in Germany by 2019

DT to Offer Minimum Speed of 50 Mbps to 80% of All Households in Germany by 2019 Image Credit: Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom announced plans to provide access bandwidth of up to 250 Mbit/s to six million households. The Operator targets to grow the number of households receiving the new bandwidth standard to 15 million by 2019.

Deutsche Telekom said it plans to offer access speeds of at least 50 Mbit/s to some 80 percent of all households in Germany by end of 2019. And the great majority will actually have bandwidth of at least 100 Mbit/s available.

To obtain the new lines, or upgrade accordingly, customers need to book the Magenta Zuhause XL rate plan, which offers download speeds of up to 250 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 40 Mbit/s. For new customers, the plan costs 19.95 euros per month for the first six months. Thereafter (as of the seventh month), the plan has a regular monthly price of 54.95 euros. Customers also have the option of adding EntertainTV for an additional 9.95 euros per month, which includes an ultra HD receiver with 500 GB of storage capacity. 

The high-speed lines will be activated in a total of some 900 municipalities throughout Germany. In the first rollout phase the focus was on regional centers and rural areas. A second phase, lasting until the end of the year, will then bring the new service to large cities.

Dirk Wossner, MD of Telekom Deutschland
We're building a fast Internet for the masses, instead of reserving top speeds for the few. Customers will be the ones who decide what happens with the 250 Mbit/s lines after 2019. If the demand is there, we will be quick to respond.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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