German telecoms provider 1&1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Internet, has announced the signing of an agreement with NetCologne to use the regional operator’s fibre-optic network in North Rhine-Westphalia. Under the cooperation deal, 1&1 residential customers in the Greater Cologne, Bonn and Aachen areas will be able to access fibre broadband connections.
The announcement follows a similar agreement between 1&1 and Wilhelm.tel covering northern Germany, and another with M-net in Munich. The aggregator platform developed by 1&1 is based on an open access model, which makes it possible to connect and market existing fibre-optic home connections via a standardised interface to the firm’s own infrastructure. NetCologne’s 25,000km fibre-optic network covers around 270,000 households.