Deutsche Telekom Accelerating its Migration to All-IP Network

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Deutsche Telekom has set itself the goal of having around 8 million IP based lines across its footprint in Europe by the end of 2014. The company is undertaking efforts in various European countries to transform its traditional fixed line network to one based completely on Internet Protocol (IP). This, in turn, is an important milestone on the Group s way to creating a Pan European network, that will integrate mobile communications and fixed line network technology.

In Germany, around 2.1 million lines have already been converted to IP.

"In 2014, we want to more than double the number of connections converted to IP - and this in continuous operations", said Niek Jan van Damme, Board member of Deutsche Telekom for Germany. "Our ambitious objective is to transform our entire network in Germany to IP technology by the end of 2018."

In the EU operating segment (without Germany) around 2.7 million lines have been migrated.

With its subsidiary Makedonski Telekom, Deutsche Telekom just achieved an important milestone in the migration to an all-IP network: Macedonia is now the first country in Europe to have a network that runs entirely on IP technology and to have 100 percent of all customers on that network. By the end of 2014, Slovakia will be the next market. The following year, Croatia and Montenegro will follow and then Hungary. By the end of 2018 Romania, Greece and Germany are expected to have migrated as well.

The company also expects that LTE will play an increasingly important role. At the end of 2013, Deutsche Telekom launched LTE in almost all of its markets. By 2016, Deutsche Telekom will be able to provide LTE to its customers at half of its base station across Europe.

"We don't only have the expansion of network coverage in mind; we also want to keep increasing the speed of connections. That's why we're carrying out tests in Germany, among other places, to see how we can provide customers with data as fast as possible through LTE A," said Claudia Nemat. "Today I can say that we have reached a point in the LTE rollout in Germany where our customers can use LTE in over 150 cities with speeds up to 150 megabits per second," added Niek Jan van Damme. 300 megabits per second will be the next milestone. In a test last week in the German city of Alzey Deutsche Telekom reached even speeds of up to 580 MBit/s.

Deutsche Telekom also presented a hybrid router at the MWC. "It represents our strategy like no other hardware product. Three technologies are combined in a single "box": The fixed network, LTE and WiFi. This ensures a top-quality experience. Our customers never have to mind the technology - they are always best connected. It's Plug and Play - easy and fast," said Niek Jan van Damme.

The router is a smart mix of technologies. It bundles, concentrates and distributes bandwidth without customers having to do anything. By merging the existing bandwidth, customers will be able to experience new top speeds that are not possible in the respective stand-alone versions. Market entry will be at the end of 2014.

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