Telekom Deutschland (TD), the domestic fixed and mobile business of German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT), plans to expand its fibre-optic/VDSL2 infrastructure to a further 44 towns and cities by the end of this year, TD head Niek Jan van Damme told German news magazine FOCUS. TD’s VDSL network is currently available in around 50 locations across the country, offering broadband internet at maximum download speeds of up to 50Mbps, though the company is aiming to double theoretical data rates to up to 100Mbps through the introduction of VDSL2 vectoring technology. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, TD plans to invest up to EUR6 billion (USD7.9 billion) in developing broadband using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and vectoring in its domestic market, and the operator was granted conditional approval to upgrade its copper network with VDSL2 technology in April this year. German telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA) ruled that the operator must allow competitors to access the infrastructure, but added that it could deny access in areas where alternative networks are already available. Earlier this month the FNA presented a draft decision on the introduction of vectoring to the European Commission for approval.