DT eyes vectoring to boost broadband speeds

23 Nov 2012

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in its domestic market under the banner Telekom Deutschland (TD), is considering the rollout of vectoring technology from next year, in a bid to optimise its copper network to enable it to provide faster broadband speeds. Bloomberg quotes TD managing director Niek Jan van Damme as saying that the company hopes to receive regulatory clearance for the move within six months. ‘The cost of the project is still being evaluated, and is dependent upon the conditions and support we get,’ van Damme said. Vectoring, which DT says could double download speeds and quadruple the rate of uploads, may be a cheaper alternative to rolling out fibre-optic cables to customers, enabling the operator to boost its competitive edge in the market.