JANUARY 19, 2010 -- Deutsche Telekom has applied to Germany’s Federal Network Agency to approve charges for use of three elements of its fiber-optic infrastructure.
DT is offering access in multi-function cabinets for a monthly unit price. Telecommunications companies who use slots in the multi-function cabinet would pay a corresponding portion of the unit price.
According to Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for Germany, "We have developed a simple, transparent, and fair pricing model. This makes it easier for our competitors to calculate their broadband investments. There is no doubt that Germany needs more fiber-optic infrastructure, but competitors must also contribute to the expansion."
The Federal Network Agency specified the criteria for wholesale products in December, which Deutsche Telekom says it has used as orientation in calculating its prices. The charges include:
- Total monthly charge for access in the multi-function cabinet: EUR 173.32. This price would be apportioned to the telecommunications companies (including Deutsche Telekom) according to the number of slots they use. There are a maximum of four slots per multi-function cabinet.
- Monthly charge for access to cable channels: 43 euro cents per meter used for one quarter-pipe.
- Monthly charge for access to dark fiber: Flat rate for the use of two fibers for a single section from the main distribution frame would be EUR 353.96.
"It is vital that the Federal Network Agency ensures the pricing is structured in such a way as to stimulate further expansion. No companies will invest in additional infrastructure if it is too cheap to use our networks. Setting charges that are too low will also devalue the fiber-optic infrastructure that city network operators in particular have already installed," said van Damme.
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