The next generation network access contract will see Vodafone initially use DT’s VDSL network under a bespoke Layer 3 IP bitstream agreement. Vodafone will be able to offer its customers connection speeds of up to 50Mbps from the outset, rising to 100Mbps once DT has deployed vectoring technology. Vodafone’s will also offer on-demand and broadcast IPTV services.
Going forward, the two companies have agreed that a more advanced Layer 2 (Ethernet-based) bitstream product will be made available from 2016, which will allow an even greater level of differentiation and control over the design and delivery of the services that Vodafone offers to consumers and enterprise customers.
Vodafone Group Chief Executive for Northern and Central Europe, Philipp Humm, said: “Our agreement with Deutsche Telekom will greatly enhance our ability to offer our German customers a range of competitive, high-speed broadband and TV services, in addition to our industry-leading mobile services, in line with our broader Europe-wide strategy.”