Deutsche Telekom applies for fiber-optic infrastructure charges
* Application submitted regarding charges for access in multi-function cabinets, and to cable channels and dark fiber
* Simple, fair pricing models make calculation easy for competitors
* Deutsche Telekom is thus supporting the German government’s broadband strategy
Deutsche Telekom has applied to the Federal Network Agency to approve the charges for use of three elements of its fiber-optic infrastructure. The Group is offering access in multi-function cabinets for a monthly unit price. Telecommunications companies who use slots in the multi-function cabinet pay a corresponding portion of the unit price. Niek Jan van Damme, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Germany: “We have developed a simple, transparent and fair pricing model. This makes it easier for our competitors to calculate their broadband investments. There is no doubt that Germany needs more fiber-optic infrastructure, but competitors must also contribute to the expansion.”
The Federal Network Agency specified the criteria for wholesale products in December, which Deutsche Telekom has used as orientation in calculating its prices. The charges in detail:
* Total monthly charge for access in the multi-function cabinet: EUR 173.32. This price is apportioned to the telecommunications companies (including Deutsche Telekom) according to the number of slots they use. There are a maximum of four slots per multi-function cabinet.
* Monthly charge for access to cable channels: 43 euro cents per meter used for one quarter-pipe.
* Monthly charge for access to dark fiber: Flat rate for the use of two fibers for a single section from the main distribution frame: EUR 353.96.
“It is vital that the Federal Network Agency ensures the pricing is structured in such a way as to stimulate further expansion. No companies will invest in additional infrastructure if it is too cheap to use our networks. Setting charges that are too low will also devalue the fiber-optic infrastructure that city network operators in particular have already installed,” said Mr. van Damme.
About Deutsche Telekom AG
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 150 million mobile customers, around 39 million fixed-network lines and approximately 17 million broadband lines (as of September 30, 2009). Its product brands are T-Home (fixed-network telephony, broadband Internet), T-Mobile (mobile communications), and T-Systems (ICT solutions). As an international Group with approximately 260,000 employees operating in around 50 countries worldwide (as of September 30, 2009), Deutsche Telekom generated more than half of its revenue - EUR 61.6 billion - outside of Germany in 2008.
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