Competitors Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany expanded their use of vectoring to reach potential subscribers unable to access their respective high-speed fiber networks, part of the two providers' ongoing battle for supremacy in the European nation.
Beginning on Aug. 7, Vodafone Germany launched a residential super vectoring service -- "Red Internet & Phone 250 DSL" -- that it's positioning as a price leader. It's available for the first year at €19.99 per month ($23.20), including a flat rate for calls to German landlines and a flat rate for up to 250 Mbit/s downloads and 40 Mbit/s uploads. The service then costs €49.99 monthly ($58.01), according to Vodafone.
For its part, DT has shared numerous new vectoring deployments across Germany in 2017 and 2018; in the past four weeks, DT upgraded speeds for up to 260,000 households, the telco said. That totals 1 million-plus residential customers now able to log on to speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s.
Both operator giants also are heavily investing in fiber optic cable: Vodafone expects to upgrade its entire cable fiber network with 12.7 million households by year-end 2020, it said. And DT began fiber-to-the-home deployment in 2018 with plans to pass up to 2 million households by 2021, Timotheus Höttges, Deutsche Telekom CEO in a presentation.
Vodafone has focused on fiber for the last few years, whereas DT has leveraged existing copper infrastructure to deliver higher speeds via VDSL and Gfast with plans to deploy fiber as 5G becomes more immediate. This allows DT to reap revenue with less investment, while still enabling the giant telco to dominate market share in Germany and its other markets around the world, said Höttges.
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