DT, Vodafone to reach access deal soon

18 Jun 2009

Reuters is reporting that Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s) CFO, Timotheus Hoettges, is optimistic that the German telecoms company will soon agree a price with rival Vodafone for access to its VDSL network in Germany. Hoettges said he hopes to reach an agreement with Vodafone before the launch of DT’s VDSL double-play offer bundling telephone and internet, which will most likely be introduced next month. At present, the incumbent has only offered VDSL connections, available in around 50 German cities, in combination with its IPTV service. As reported in CommsUpdate on 3 March 2009, DT announced it would open up its VDSL network to competitors and start selling a wholesale service for VDSL double-play packages with speeds of up to 50Mbps. DT plans to charge EUR30 (USD38) per line, but says that as market penetration grows, the wholesale price will fall.