Regional network operator M-Net has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an extensive fibre access network in Munich, according to a press release by the French vendor. The high speed network consists of a combination of fibre-to-the-building (FFTB) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture, and in the future will be extended to other cities in the federal state of Bavaria. The vendor said the network will initially support data rates of up to 100Mbps, but higher speeds will be possible in the future. Hans Konle, managing director of M-Net, said: ‘Thanks to this future-ready access network, we will be able to provide our customers with the most innovative and appealing service offerings. Optical fibre is capable of delivering bandwidths that copper wire simply cannot match, giving us a significant competitive advantage. In future, speeds of 1Gbps and more will not be out of reach.’ As well as internet access, M-Net plans to provide internet protocol television (IPTV), telephony and cable TV services over the fibre infrastructure.