T-Com backs away from 100% DSL coverage on cost grounds

4 Jun 2004

T-Com has informed the country’s telecoms watchdog RegTP that it will be unable to provide full 100% DSL coverage to German households as the investment needed to roll out the service to some remote areas, or where there is little demand for DSL, makes deployment ‘economically irresponsible’. T-Com has upgraded 30 million telephone connections, or 90% of its total, but considers it not cost effective to upgrade around two million lines in areas where there is low demand. In addition, the telco says a further 1.8 million lines cannot be DSL-enabled because its parent Deutsche Telekom has already built fibre-optic networks in those areas, which do not support DSL.