German cable network operator Tele Columbus has begun offering internet access at maximum download speeds of 400Mbps in Jena, one of the largest cities in the federal state of Thuringia. The new high speed service is initially available to around 20,000 of the 35,000 households connected to Tele Columbus’ network in the city, but will be expanded to other areas in the future. The launch is the first expansion of the high speed service since its premier in Potsdam in April this year. Speeds of up to 400Mbps download and 10Mbps upload are offered as part of the dual-play ‘2er Kombi 400’ package, which is priced at EUR99.99 (EUR110.8) per month for new customers and includes a telephony flat rate for calls to German fixed lines. The minimum contract period is 24 months.