DT launches IPTV via ADSL2+

9 Aug 2007

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) has started to offer internet television (IPTV) services over conventional broadband lines, using its ADSL2+ network. Previously the service was only available over DT’s limited VDSL network. The expansion of IPTV over ADSL lines will significantly increase the telco’s geographical coverage, with 17 million households in 750 German cities expected to be passed by the ADSL2+ network by the end of this year, compared to the 36 cities DT’s VDSL network is expected to cover by the end of this year. At present, VDSL is only available in ten German cities. The telco offers the same bundle of TV channels as it does via its VDSL fibre-optic network, with the exception of HDTV. Three packages are on offer, starting at EUR49.95 a month (USD68.87), subject to a minimum 24-month contract. ADSL2+ technology enables download speeds of 16Mbps, which is a minimal data rate for IPTV. Downlink speeds of 24Mbps can be achieved, but only within 500 metres of the central exchange. The telco had 25,000 IPTV customers at the end of 2006; it is targeting 1.5 million by the end of 2010.

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