Deutsche Telekom’s fixed line subsidiary T-Com has awarded Lucent Technologies a contract to supply and install technology designed to make high speed Ethernet connections possible over copper infrastructure. As it stands the majority of DT’s corporate customers are connected to the T-Com network via copper and are unable to access Ethernet Wide Area Network services, which until now required an optical connection. By the addition of a new plug in card, corporate customers will be able to use Ethernet services over copper wire, with a line speed of 10Mbps. In this way Ethernet services will be available nationally.
In a separate but related story, T-Online will be demonstrating its new VoIP service, which it will be offering to all 3.2 million of its DSL customers. Subscribers are required to register for the service and are given a special number to call. Calls between two T-Online subscribers will be free of charge, while calls to the German fixed line network will cost 2.9 cents per minute.