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An additional 3.5 million German households gain faster Internet service

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  • Residents of nearly 50 cities can now surf at speeds of up to 100 MBit/s
  • 2.5 million more households will follow by February 2018
  • Customers can check telekom.de/schneller to see whether they are already profiting from the change
An additional 3.5 million German households gain faster Internet service

An additional 3.5 million German households gain faster Internet service.

Deutsche Telekom’s network upgrading project is moving full speed ahead. And nearly 50 German cities are profiting from this change. “We are now providing about 3.5 million households in these cities with speeds of up to 100 MBit/s,” said Timotheus Höttges, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “An additional 2.5 million will follow by February 2018. This work shows that we are making an important contribution to Germany's creation of a nationwide digital infrastructure. Other people keep talking about connections of the future. We are building them today. We are meeting the demand for more broadband - right now.”

Walter Goldenits, the Managing Director of Technology at Deutsche Telekom Germany, added, “The gains in broadband are the result of the so-called IP conversion and the use of vectoring technology.” The new service offers upload speeds of up to 40 MBit/s. “Uploads are becoming more and more important for customers because we actively use the Internet today as we share texts, video and audio – for both business and personal purposes. This is where our connections really shine.”

The cities that are profiting from the improvements include Hamburg (875,000 households), Cologne (340,000), Berlin (350,000), Nuremberg (130,000), Leipzig (100,000) and Ludwigshafen/Mannheim (75,000).

“We are building fast Internet for millions instead of providing top speed for a few," Goldenits said. In doing so, Deutsche Telekom has taken a huge step toward reaching its goal of providing about 80 percent of households with at least 50 MBit/s as quickly as possible.

The provision of faster Internet service as part of the IP conversion is occurring simultaneously with the expansion of fiber optic service: through the company's own expansion work, government-funded expansion and service to commercial and new construction areas. In addition, Deutsche Telekom is moving forward with the modernization and expansion of its cellular network, a system that is already 5G-ready.

Customers can check www.telekom.de/schneller to see whether they are already profiting from the faster speeds. Customer assistance representatives in Telekom shops and specialty stores and a free hotline (0800 330 1000) also can provide this information.

The following cities are already enjoying the faster speeds: Aachen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Böblingen, Bochum, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt a. Main, Freiburg, Friedrichshafen, Hagen, Hamburg, Hanover, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Kiel, Cologne, Krefeld, Leipzig, Ludwigshafen, Lübeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Mönchengladbach, Munich, Neuss, Nuremberg, Oberhausen, Oldenburg, Potsdam, Regensburg, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Solingen, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wiesbaden, Wuppertal and Würzburg

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