German service providers Deutsche Telekom and EWE will share reciprocal use of their networks, a move designed to make network upgrades more affordable and speedier and to provide customers with faster Internet links.
The partnership impacts about 3.5 million residential and business customers in northwest Germany and covers almost 400 local networks, DT said.
The two service providers plan to expand their fiber optic networks, using fiber to the cabinet (FTTC), VDSL2 and vectoring to deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, according to a release. The government awarded contracts to EWE to provide expanded fiber optic networks in six rural counties, investments DT can also leverage.
"Together, we will be able to give more people faster Internet connections," said Michael Heidkamp, member of the Board of Management and director of sales and marketing at EWE TEL GmbH , in a statement. "The expansion of fast Internet is a task that we at EWE are tackling together with Deutsche Telekom."
Added Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management for Germany at Deutsche Telekom: "Sharing infrastructure makes the upgrades more cost-effective for the companies. And the customers benefit from greater choice of provider."
Sharing ultra-broadband networks could be become more prevalent as service providers implement technologies such as NG-PON2, said Douglas Clague, marketing manager for Viavi Solutions' Fiber Field Test Solutions, during a Light Reading webinar. Operators of broadband networks either could share capabilities -- in the same manner as DT and EWE -- or lease their network to multiple providers, he said.
"We can see a scenario where we might have a network open to multiple operators so, for example, GPON service being provided by Provider One and NG-PON2 service being provided by Service Provider Two," said Clague. "In some ways, a network owner/operator could make more revenue from the network by leasing it out to other service providers."
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