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.
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.