DT rivals may build their own VDSL network

17 Jul 2007

Competitors of German incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) are considering getting together to build a rival VDSL network to share costs, newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, without quoting sources. Setting up such a network would only be profitable if a company could reach a market share of between 30% and 50%, and smaller competitors such as Arcor, Versatel, Hansenet, Telefónica Deutschland and QSC hope to share the cost of building their network infrastructure, the newspaper said. Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, last month said DT must give competitors access to its VDSL network, on pain of prosecution by the European Commission. However, it is seen as unlikely that Deutsche Telekom will negotiate with rivals without being forced