Deutsche Telekom is driving the broadband expansion in Germany as the company passed the 40,000 km mark for the first time in 2017 after it installed some 30,000 km of fiber-optic cables in each of the years 2015 and 2016.
Deutsche Telekom supplied more than 2.5 million new households with VDSL in 2017, bringing the total number served to around 30 million. Deutsche Telekom claims it sold more than a million new broadband connections this year.
The company also continued to make progress in cellular upgrades. LTE service increased to more than 93 percent of the total population in the past year.
In addition to network expansion, network upgrades will also play a central role.
Decisions were made in 2017 regarding the deployment of vectoring in development areas and rollout in areas near local exchanges. By the first two quarters of 2018, several hundred thousand households in former development areas will enjoy speeds of up to 100 Mbps download and up to 40 Mbps upload, thanks to vectoring.
The Operator also plans to start rolling out super vectoring in the second half of 2018. As a result, little by little, all VDSL lines will support speeds of up to 250 Mbps in future.