Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) discussed rollout plans for both its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and wireless LTE network expansions in a press conference today at CeBIT. As many as 160,000 households in 10 German cities will connect via FTTH this year.
The company claims download speeds in excess of 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 500 Mbps will be available.
Certain districts within Braunschweig, Brühl, Hanover, Hennigsdorf, Neu-Isenburg, Kornwestheim, Mettmann, Offenburg, Potsdam, and Rastatt will get FTTH in 2011.
The board thanked a conducive regulatory environment for the rapid progress of the planned rollout. "It must be possible to use all existing infrastructure, such as cable conduits from other grid industries or even building networks, to save costs and capture synergy potential. We also have to avoid a patchwork of local fiber-optic networks in Germany, which means the industry has to agree to mutual, open network access," said Niek Jan van Damme, a member of the Board of Management.
Deutsche Telekom will also expand its HSPA/UMTS network in 2011 by doubling available bandwidth to 42Mbps. When LTE finally rolls out, the company is hoping for speeds of more than 100Mbps. Business customers will be the first to test LTE coverage during the summer of 2011.
Huawei's LTE stick will be Deutsche Telekom's first 4G device.