Deutsche Telekom turning on 250MBps fibre in August


Deutsche Telekom is continuing its fibre expansion with the introduction of 250MBps speeds to six million households across Germany.

High speed internet will be switched on in regional centres and rural parts of Germany from 1 August, before attention is turned to larger cities.

In total, Deutsche Telekom is aiming for 15 million households to be able to access the service by 2019.

Dirk Wössner, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland, said: "This is another step toward the gigabit society. We're building a fast internet for the masses, instead of reserving top speeds for the few."

The operator said the rollout strategy was driven by commercial potential as well as by areas that already needed distribution boxes upgraded with the latest line cards.

The 250MBps service will be offered at an introductory price of €19.95 per month, before increasing to €54.95 after six months. Customers will need a compatible router to tap into the speeds.

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Wössner added: "Customers are the architects for the network. Customers will be the ones who decide what happens with the 250MBps lines after 2019. If the demand is there, we will be quick to respond."

Earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom announced it was spending €1.1 billion to roll out fibre to 179 cities and municipalities across Stuttgart. The operator is adding 60,000 kilometres of fibre across Germany this year.

Rival Telefónica Deutschland started its own fibre rollout project this month, which it said would lay foundations for its 5G offering.