Telekom Deutschland has launched commercial VDSL2 Vectoring services in 20 local exchanges, Telecom Handel reports, offering speeds of up to 100Mbps/40Mbps (down/upload) to more than 200,000 potential subscribers in Hilden, Erkelenz, Wegberg, Wegberg-Rottgen, Gronau-Westfalen, Gronau-Epe, Hennigsdorf, Velten, Zittau, Prenzlau, Gifhorn, Lohne, Hofheim-Wallau, Zweibrucken, Neuhof-Hauswurz, Beilstein, Albstadt-Ebingen, Offenburg, Starnberg and Kalbach. These local areas are the first on the incumbent’s ‘Vectoring list’ to receive approval from the Federal Network Agency, which on 30 July was given an initial list of 38,000 street cabinets earmarked for Vectoring switch-on in the next twelve months. Telekom embarked on a first-phase rollout programme involving 57 local networks to be equipped with Vectoring technology in 2013, with around one million households to be covered, before releasing an expansion programme covering a total of 82 local networks and some 1.4 million households for 2014. As part of its VDSL/Vectoring expansion, Telekom claims to have built 3,000km of optical fibre in the past few months. The goal is to double the total number of VDSL households passed from twelve million to 24 million by the end of 2016.