DT inks VDSL cooperation deals with NetCologne, Telefonica

13 Dec 2012

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed line and mobile services in its domestic market under the banner Telekom Deutschland (TD), has signed new cooperation agreements with NetCologne and Telefonica (O2), under which the pair will be able to market the Bonn-based telco’s VDSL connections. Onlinekosten.de reports that the latest agreements follow the signing of a similar VDSL deal between DT and United Internet (1&1) in August this year. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in July 2012 Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA, also known as Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA), withdrew a provisional prohibition it imposed on the incumbent’s new price model for marketing VDSL lines to competitors, after DT made significant changes to the model in response to concerns raised by the watchdog. The concessions included adding the right to terminate agreements concerning existing lines if carriers switch to new next generation access lines, and a reduction in the minimum line quota.