“The largest construction site for the future of Germany”


WEBWIRE – Tuesday, September 03, 2013

“We’re already building the network of the future for Germany today! We’re investing in Germany, for Germany! And not just in the urban centers,” says René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom. The Group is expanding its modern networks based on multiple technologies and setting new benchmarks in high-performance infrastructure:

- LTE makes new top speeds of up to 150 megabits per second possible in mobile communications.
- The expansion of the fiber optic infrastructure will connect around 24 million households to the high-speed network with up to 100 megabits per second by the end of 2016.
- Deutsche Telekom is creating the first “WiFi city” in Hamburg.

“We’re strengthening our position as the leading network provider for our customers. No other telecommunications company invests as much as Deutsche Telekom,” says Obermann. The Group will invest more than 23 billion euros in Germany between 2010 and 2015.

In addition, the network expansion has positive occupational effects and secures jobs for the coming years. It will allow the Group to hire almost 6,000 of its own trainees by 2015. Deutsche Telekom is also reducing its outsourcing in favor of internal jobs and is promoting partial retirement over early retirement. In doing so the Group is keeping senior employees’ experience in the company as part of demography-oriented personnel development.

In its expansion of the network infrastructure the Group is implementing the best possible combination of technologies, including mobile communications, fixed line, Internet Protocol (IP) based infrastructure and wireless connections (WiFi).

Top speeds in mobile communications with up to 150 megabits per second
In mobile communications, the comprehensive rollout of the LTE standard is making new top speeds possible for data transfers on the go. With up to 150 megabits per second, Deutsche Telekom is raising transfer speeds to record levels in mobile communications. The Group already boasts top speeds of 100 megabits per second in its LTE coverage today. All LTE base stations will be equipped with the new technology in cities and urban centers where high speeds of 100 megabits per second are already possible. That means LTE is available immediately in well over 100 German cities. That number is set to rise to almost 200 by the end of the year. On time for the IFA trade fair in Berlin, Mobile Data XL will be the first data tariff to support the new maximum speed. Further tariffs will follow.

Data turbo at home: Fast fixed line with vectoring
The use of innovative vectoring technology and the expansion of the fiber optic infrastructure allow for much higher data transfer speeds of up to 100 megabits per second in the fixed network. Around 12 million households are already connected to the Group’s fiber optic network today. There will be another 800,000 joining this year. About 24 million households will be provided with fiber optic connections by the end of 2016. To achieve these kinds of figures, Deutsche Telekom will set up 17,600 additional multifunctional cabinets - the grey boxes on the curb - and lay approximately 10,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable.

800,000 new households with high-speed connections
The following 44 cities will be connected to the high-speed network this year: Aalen, Aichach, Albstadt-Ebingen, Aschaffenburg, Bad Nenndorf, Bad Salzschlirf, Baden-Baden, Beilstein Württ, Bühl Baden, Emmerich am Rhein, Fulda, Kiel, Kleinmachnow, Kleve Niederrhein, Limburg an der Lahn, Löhne, Lübbecke, Miltenberg, Neuhof Kreis Fulda, Obernburg am Main, Gifhorn, Hannoversch Münden, Hennigsdorf, Herrenberg, Hilden, Hildesheim, Hofheim am Taunus, Offenburg, Prenzlau, Rastatt, Rendsburg, Roth Mittelfranken, Siegburg, Starnberg, Torgau, Hofheim-Wallau, Ingolstadt Donau, Kalbach Rhön, Kevelaer, Tübingen, Velten, Waldenbuch, Zittau, Zweibrücken.

“HotSpot city” pilot project: Hamburg becomes a “surfer’s paradise”
As the largest hotspot operator in Germany, Deutsche Telekom is also leading the way towards the network of the future in the field of wireless connections. Hamburg will be the first German city to be equipped with WiFi technology on a large scale, and will thereby become the first “HotSpot city”. In the first phase, Deutsche Telekom equipped the harbor area with the tourist centers around the docks, the fish market and the Altona cruise terminal. The large shopping streets, including Mönckebergstrasse, Jungfernstieg, Gänsemarkt and Große Bleichen will be next. Then the St. Pauli district and the area around Reeperbahn street will follow. Deutsche Telekom already operates around 500 individual hotspots in Hamburg locations such as the airport and the city’s cafés. Starting now, surfing the Web is free of charge for the first hour at these access points as well.

IP for all: The modern fixed line connections of tomorrow
The large-scale conversion to IP-based connections drives the Group’s network modernization forward. On the one hand, the higher-capacity IP infrastructure lays the foundation for integrated networks with expanded functionalities. On the other hand, customers will benefit from a higher comfort level in the network, including better sound quality and simple cabling. The IP conversion is also taking place in other European subsidiaries and affiliates – and it’s even happening faster in some places. For example, it will be completed in Macedonia by the end of this year. Slovakia will be the next to finish in 2014, Croatia and Montenegro will follow in 2015, and then Hungary in 2016. Thanks to its ambition to become the technology leader in Europe, Deutsche Telekom is well on its way to becoming the first integrated IP company in Europe, even though the IP conversion is just a milestone. The big picture is a radically new architectural concept: TeraStream. Deutsche Telekom is the first network operator in the world to have introduced the TeraStream architecture. This IP-based technology was successfully tested in a pilot in Croatia at the end of 2012. This will allow the intelligence for network operations and services to be transferred into the cloud.

Visit Deutsche Telekom’s stand in hall 6.2 at the IFA trade show in Berlin from September 6-11 for a live experience of our products and services. Deutsche Telekom’s entire presence at the trade fair is carbon-neutral - all CO2 emissions generated in setting up and operating the stand are fully offset by carbon-reduction projects abroad.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with 144 million mobile customers, 32 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2013). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has 231,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.2 billion in the 2012 financial year - over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2012).



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