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.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
As the pool of savvy, fiber-rich operators across the US rural and regional landscape wanes, the financial community will grow even more interested in acquiring or investing in them, a CoBank report says.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.