DT cranks 39,000 more homes in Germany up to 100 Mbps

Thanks to its fiber build-out, Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced that almost 39,000 more homes across Germany now have access to speeds of 100 Mbps.

While the downstream speeds clock in at 100 Mbps, DT said the upstream speeds now reach up to 40 Mbps. The carrier also said the speed increases spanned 74 municipalities across Germany.

"We’re not just building information superhighways between major metropolises and urban agglomerations; our network also extends to rural areas. We are the only company pursuing comprehensive broadband expansion,” says Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, in a statement.

DT operates the largest fiber-optic network in Europe, according to the company. DT plans to add an additional 60,000 kilometers of fiber this year. All told, its network spans more than 500,000 kilometers in Germany.

DT's primary competition in its home country is Vodafone and Telefónica Deutschland. Last year, Vodafone announced a $22 billion deal to buy Liberty Global's cable networks in Germany and Central Europe, but it's still awaiting approval from the European Union. If the acquisition goes through, Vodafone would be better equipped to compete against market leader DT.

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