Deutsche Telekom is accelerating the build-out of FTTH in Germany with a new marketing strategy to expand the service in smaller towns.
Deutsche Telekom plans to lay the fiber-optic cables using microtrenching technology to reduce costs. Microtrenching removes the need to dig out huge trenches. Instead, narrow grooves are milled into the road/sidewalk surface.
The first project is being launched in the town of Bad Staffelstein in Franconia. Further pilot towns in Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Saxony, and Thuringia are to follow early next year. Starting December until the end of February, residents there can register for a fiber-optic line. If a minimum of 750 orders for ultra-fast Internet are received during the pre-marketing phase, the fiber-optic network will be built out to the community by the end of 2018. In addition, early bird sign-ups for an FTTH service will not have to pay any installation charges.
Deutsche Telekom is also redoubling its efforts to expand fiber-optic infrastructure in areas outside of these pilot projects. It aims to lay 40,000 km of new fiber-optic cables this year – up from the 30,000 originally planned. The figure planned for the coming year is a huge 60,000 km.
Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic network now totals 455,000 km in length. Business parks are a particular focus of the FTTH build-out, alongside subsidized expansion activities and partnerships with competitors.