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German regulator approves controversial DT VDSL plans

Tuesday 24 November 2015 | 12:16 CET | News
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The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published its draft decision on changes to the regulatory framework for access to Deutsche Telekom's last-mile network. The decision takes account of DT's plans to roll out VDSL2 vectoring technology, which competitors have said could limit their access to the copper network. The regulator said that DT will still be required to grant access to the last mile. If this is no longer possible after the VDSL upgrade, then Telekom must provide its competitors a local, virtually unbundled access product (VULA) as a replacement for the last mile, which must

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Categories: Fixed
Companies: BREKO / Deutsche Telekom / VATM
Countries: Germany
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In the US, telecommunications companies have been forced to upgrade networks to both Fiber and HFC networks to meet consumer demand and incentivize competition. The issue is, and has always been that twisted pair copper doesn't scale, and will always have a fixed bandwidth of 300-350Mhz. Regulators are making a mistake in saying a "virtual" service is the same as a physical one; But being rooted as a former Government-owned monopoly, and bureaucratic ways, Deutsche Telekom is only going to do what the law says it SHOULD do, and not what it COULD do from a customer service perspective. For example, to maintain a wireless license in the US, the letter of the law states that wireless providers are only required to provide coverage to 70% of the licensed service area. This FCC requirement leaves up to 30% of the area to be un-covered. As another example, Deutsche Telekom's US division was found guilty in issues of labor. The company has required employees to sign gag orders when they have become victims of sexual harassment. So far, Deutsche Telekom has continued to ignore requests of its employees, along with 20 elected members of congress as well as the orders in the Court (NLRB) Ruling where Deutsche Telekom was found guilty of 11 counts. (only appealed two). Not only should this be questioned; but DT's attempt to acquire British Telecom is also very suspect. The technology is designed in a way that prevents competition.
Vernon Dozier @ 28/11/2015 - 11:05


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