Deutsche Telekom aims for DSL boost

Deutsche Telekom plans to bring its number of Internet customers to three million by the end of this year, said board member...

Deutsche Telekom plans to bring its number of Internet customers to three million by the end of this year, said board member Josef Brauner.

Deutsche Telekom has 2.7 million high-speed Internet customers, making it one of the largest providers of digital subscriber line (DSL) services in the world.

The German operator has also developed a means to extend the distance of digital lines between its local exchanges and DSL subscribers from 4km for good copper-based lines and 3km for poorer quality ones to 5km and 4km respectively, said Walter Genz, a company spokesman.

This capability allows DT to add customers outside the reach of exchanges equipped with DSL technology.

DT is also offering a DSL product that provides half the speed of its normal DSL service for those customers outside the 4km to 5km range of its core 768Kbps download-128Kbps upload DSL service.

The combination of these two developments - an additional kilometre for the standard offering and a new lower speed offering - "will allow us to add another four million subscribers", Genz said.

Earlier this month, DT launched a SDSL (synchronous DSL) service with speeds up to 2Mbps for both downloads and uploads in 10 cities, Brauner said.

The SDSL service, which targets large companies, will be rolled out successively to other major business centres beginning from January. The service is available in six different classes, with six different speeds and fees, and several users can share one connection.

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