For many years, the German government allowed Deutsche Telekom to offer only speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s in development areas despite technology advances. This regulation is now history -- and so are these slower connections.
As a result of this regulatory change, Deutsche Telekom now continually doubles speeds in these areas, attaining download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s. Upload increases are up to four times faster -- growing from 10 Mbit/s to as much as 40 Mbit/s. In the last four weeks 260,000 households have benefited from this upgrade, a total of 1 million-plus to date.
Even better news: Municipalities do not have to pay more for this extra speed. Residents do not have to deal with construction noise. The speed boost is achieved simply by swapping out cards in street cabinets. Deutsche Telekom picks up the bill for this retrofitting.
"We are making great progress on expanding broadband in Germany," said Walter Goldenits, Telekom Deutschland chief technology officer. "More and more people are using video streaming, playing games online and working from home. Every month brings confirmation that we have the right network strategy to catapult Germany into the gigabit age."
Network modernization -- also known as IP migration -- keeps speeding up Internet connections. In the last four weeks, 145,000 additional households across Germany have benefited from these measures. Consumers in these areas now can access up to 100 Mbit/s for downloads and 40 Mbit/s for uploads.
German customers, who must be on the correct services and rate plan to access these enhanced bandwidth offerings, can visit a dedicated DT website, speak to an advisor in a Telekom Shop or call DT to determine if their lines are ready for higher speeds.
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