Thanks to its fiber buildout, Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced that almost 39,000 more homes across Germany now have access to speeds of 100 Mbps.
While the downstream speeds clocks in at 100 Mbps, DT said the upstream speeds now reach up 40 Mbps. The carrier also said the speed increases spanned 74 municipalities across Germany.
"Were not just building information superhighways between major metropolises and urban agglomerations; our network also extends to rural areas. We are the only company pursuing comprehensive broadband expansion, says Tim Httges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, in a statement.
DT operates the largest fiber-optic network in Europe, according to the company. DT plans to add an additional 60,000 kilometers of fiber this year. All told, its network spans more than 500,000 kilometers in Germany.
DT's primary competition in its home country is Vodafone and Telefnica Deutschland. Last year, Vodafone announced a $22 billion deal to buy Liberty Global's cable networks in Germany and Central Europe, but it's still awaiting approval from the European Union. If the acquisition goes through, Vodafone would be better equipped to compete against market leader DT.
In an effort to win regulatory approval for its Liberty Global deal, Vodafone announced earlier this month that it had signed an agreement to let rival Telefnica Deutschland access its broadband network in Germany.
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