Bundestag debates law on new network

22 Sep 2006

The lower house of the German parliament will today hear the first reading of a draft bill which seeks to protect incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom’s EUR3 billion (USD3.8 billion) investment in its fibre-optic VDSL network. Despite pressure from the European Commission that, in the interests of competition, the network must be available to rival operators, DT is claiming its network constitutes a ‘new market’ which under the new bill would ‘not be subject to inappropriate regulation’. Industry group VATM, which represents 50 telcos in competition with DT, has said it does not believe DT’s network and services constitute a new market, but the Bundesrat (upper house) signalled in July that it would back the bill.

Germany, Deutsche Telekom (DT)