German wireline and broadband provider Versatel has selected Ericsson to deploy and integrate its all internet protocol (IP) network nationwide using Ethernet DSL access (EDA) technology. The commercial launch of the network is scheduled to begin this month. The EDA bandwidth upgrade will support triple-play services over Versatel’s DSL network. The deal follows on from the news last week that the telco has employed Huawei Technologies to build an IP-based dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) fibre-optic network. With support from Ericsson and Huawei, Versatel is expanding the bandwidth and quality of its broadband network to compete with incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) as an infrastructure provider. DT’s new VDSL network is unlikely to be opened to other providers as the new telecoms law going through parliament contains a clause specifically protecting the former monopoly’s investment in it, much to the chagrin of European Union (EU) Telecoms Commissioner Vivene Reding.