Deutsche Telekom (DT) has contracted Microsoft to help it launch an IPTV (internet protocol television) service to consumers across Germany before the end of the year. The value of the deal has not been disclosed but Microsoft has said that it was second only to one it has signed with US telecoms group AT&T, which was valued at USD400 million over ten years. Under the plan DT will offer customers triple-play ‘next generation television’ services, voice and data over its VDSL network which is capable of speeds of up to 50Mbps. DT plans to invest EUR500 million (USD609 million) to launch VDSL services in ten cities (including Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich) across the country. It hopes to be able to launch the TV service in time for the World Cup which starts in June.