German cable network operator Kabel Deutschland has expanded availability of its high speed broadband service to Stade and Ingelheim and the surrounding areas. The company said that around 32,000 households in Stade and 25,000 homes in the Ingelheim region now have access to broadband at maximum download speeds of up to 100Mbps using DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Last month Kabel Deutschland announced that it intends to pull forward network investments of EUR300 million (USD390 million) to be spent over the course of the next two fiscal years in addition to the company’s existing investment plans. The additional funds will provide for earlier network upgrades for high speed internet, video-on-demand and Wi-Fi products as well as a significant expansion of network capacity, to help strengthen the firm’s ability to benefit from the large growth potential in the German broadband and TV market. The company, which is reportedly the target of a potential bid by UK-based Vodafone Group, operates in 13 federal states and connects to around 8.5 million households.