Following the signing of a network cooperation deal with Telefonica Germany (O2) last week, Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced it has agreed to pay regional operator NetCologne for the use of its fibre-optic infrastructure as it seeks to expand its network. The agreement represents the first time that DT will reach its end-users via another operator’s fibre-optic infrastructure. In return for allowing the German incumbent to use its high speed fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network, NetCologne will rent access to DT’s VDSL infrastructure, which provides maximum download speeds of up to 50Mbps, in North Rhine-Westphalia to help fill the gaps in its own high speed network footprint. ‘This agreement is an important step for further market development. We are proud to be the first company in Germany to have signed such an agreement with Telekom,’ commented Dr. Hans Konle, spokesperson for the management of NetCologne. In a statement, both companies meanwhile noted that they may consider signing similar network partnership deals with other competitors.
As reported by CommsUpdate, Telefonica Germany, the local unit of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, last week signed a long-term agreement with DT to use part of the German incumbent’s network to connect mobile phone base stations to its own backbone network. The move is expected to reduce the cost of carrying a growing volume of mobile data traffic.