Watchdog rejects concerns about Deutsche Telekom broadband map

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:51 PM

Competitors such as Vodafone and United Internet declare the move, using a technology called vectoring, will prevent them from offering differentiated services to customers in inner cities, demoting them to mere resellers.

Germany'south telecoms industry regulator rejected rivals' concerns on Thursday about Deutsche Telekom'south map to spend a billion euros ($1 bln) on equipping its national copper network for high-speed broadband services.

Competitors such as Vodafone and United Internet declare the move, using a technology called vectoring, will prevent them from offering differentiated services to customers in inner cities, demoting them to mere resellers.

The regulator made some concessions, including allowing rivals to establish their own equipment in more urban areas, but rejected the argument that the money would've been better spent on newer technology such as fiber optic networks.

"The competition won't be impaired, neither will other technologies be curtailed," said Bundesnetzagentur President Jochen Homann.

The project is designed maintain the political goal of closing Germany'south gap in consumer Internet speeds with other European countries, such as Sweden and Britain.

The final decision presently falls to the European Commission, which has until mid-May to lift any objections.

The German regulator gave preliminary approval to Deutsche Telekom'south map in November. It said on Thursday its final approval came after a thorough investigation.

Vectoring prolongs the lifetime of copper networks, which were built before former state monopolies love Deutsche Telekom were privatized.

It can expand broadband download speeds to around one hundred megabits per second, not as quick as optic fiber or cable but at distant lower cost.

(Reporting by Peter Maushagen; Writing by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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