14 Feb 2014
Deutsche Telekom (DT) has revealed that its Macedonian subsidiary, Makedonski Telekom (MakTel, or T-Home Macedonia), has become the first European incumbent to convert its PSTN infrastructure to an all IP network. The telco says that it took just over two years for all 290,000 fixed lines to be migrated onto the new platform. DT now plans to replace the PSTNs of its other European subsidiaries. ‘Our vision is a Pan-European network on the basis of All IP. This network will integrate mobile communications and fixed-line network technology. And it will enable a new cloud-based production model,’ said Claudia Nemat, member of the Board of DT for Europe & Technology.
According to DT’s roadmap, Slovakia is scheduled to become the next market to make the switch by the end of 2014, with Croatia and Montenegro to follow in 2015. Hungary is set to come next, and by the end of 2018 Germany, Greece and Romania are all forecast to have migrated to ‘All IP’.