During IFA 2017, Deutsche Telekom publicly committed to further expanding ultra-broadband across Germany and announced it will test and deploy 1Gbit/s service where fiber-to-the-home already exists.
The pronouncements came only two weeks after Deutsche Telekom
posted a blog denouncing critics, namely competitor Vodafone, who decried the market leader's use of mixed technologies, such as vectoring, to serve customers. (See DT Fights Back.)
Germany's leading service provider will test and pilot gigabit-speed services in areas already served by fiber, said Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Germany, during IFA. The MagentaZuhause GIGA plan will cost about €120 ($143) and includes Internet surfing at up to 1 Gbit/s, uploads at up to 500 Mbit/s, flat-rate calls within the entire German fixed-line network and to all German mobile networks and EntertainTV Plus, DT said.
Despite plans to get more from its FTTH investment -- and DT claimed to have spent €5 billion (almost $6 billion) in total German capex in 2016 -- DT continues to deploy other technologies including vectoring, VDSL and Gfast. It plans to launch super vectoring access in 2018, a technology expected to increase average German fixed-line speeds to up to 250 Mbit/s.
The operator cited a network test by Internet company Netflix, which found -- on average -- that German fixed-line customers received the highest download speeds across the continent, beating even Spain and France, which are pursuing fiber-only ultra-broadband plans. Indeed, Swisscom and KPN are now exploring vectoring for broadband services, instead of solely using fiber.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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