German operator Deutsche Telekom says it will begin the second phase of rolling out a fiber-optic line in business parks, bringing internet connections with speeds of up to 1 Gbps to 7,600 enterprises.
Deutsche Telekom's project will include laying almost 500 km of fiber-optic cables and connecting company locations directly to the fiber-optic network in 33 additional German towns and cities. The company says it is using sustainable, cost-effective micro trenching technology during construction to avoid inconveniencing town and city residents.
There 33 towns and cities whose business parks are being upgraded are as follows:
According to Deutsche Telekom, it will connect companies at no additional charge should they make the switch to its business parks' fiber-optic network early on. The range of fiber-optic rate plans runs from asymmetric 100 Mbps business customer lines through to symmetric 1 Gbps lines. The line growth follows previous expansion in 2016 and 2017, during which Deutsche Telekom invested nearly €5 billion annually on its network (see "Deutsche Telekom touts fiber-optic network investments").
Deutsche Telekom currently operates a fiber-optic network of 455,000 km, with business parks a focus of its fiber to the home (FTTH) efforts, alongside subsidized expansion activities and partnerships with competitors (see "Deutsche Telekom pilots small town FTTH").
"Business parks are at the heart of our fiber-optic build-out strategy," said Hagen Rickmann, Telekom Deutschland director for business customers. "We are thinking nationwide, urban and rural, north, south, east and west. The decisive factor for us is customer demand, and we are pleased to be able to offer our business customers fiber-optic lines in a further 33 communities across the country."
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