FNA to supervise DT’s fibre network

25 Jan 2011

Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), will oversee the planned fibre-optic network of incumbent telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom (DT), Dow Jones Newswires reports, citing a spokesman from the watchdog. Confirming a report from local daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the spokesman said that DT will be able to set the prices for its competitors to access the high speed network, but the prices will then have to be submitted to the regulator for consideration. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, DT announced plans in March 2010 to invest EUR10 billion (USD13.6 billion) in fixed and mobile broadband services over three years, including the rollout of a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The FTTH deployment began with pilot projects in Dresden and Hennigsdorf, near Berlin, later in 2010; the firm aims to supply four million households in Germany with fibre by 2013, representing around 10% of the country’s total. The network will provide broadband download speeds of up to 100Mbps.