As part of a pilot project in Lüdinghausen, Deutsche Telekom will use Deutsche Glasfaser’s fibre network.
Through the agreement, Deutsche Telekom can use Deutsche Glasfaser’s optical fibre between the main fibre-optic distribution frame and the customer’s building.
The services are also available for Deutsche Glasfaser’s customers in Lüdinghausen who don’t yet have fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), as the company will retrofit.
Deutsche Glasfaser has laid more than 9,000 fibre-optic lines in Lüdinghausen.
“Today’s agreement is an important step in accelerating the FTTH fibre-optic expansion,” said Uwe Nickl, CEO of Deutsche Glasfaser. “Two of Germany’s most important fibre-optic providers are now collaborating for the benefit of end customers, who will now enjoy much broader offerings in the same infrastructure.
“We at Deutsche Glasfaser will enable nearly one million customer lines by the end of this year. Open networks are part of our standard because they enable competition and selection for end customers without having to lay redundant fibre-optic networks.”
Lüdinghausen is the first open-access pilot project for the partners. Based on the results they will evaluate further collaboration projects in other municipalities.
Working together on fibre
“I am looking forward to working together in this pilot project,” said Dirk Wössner, Managing Director of Telekom Deutschland. “Just like we give others access to our own networks, we are also interested in using the infrastructure of other companies that are investing in optical fibre.
“We’re already working together successfully with several municipal network operators, for example. We have to work together to roll out optical fibre throughout Germany.
“We now plan to work closely with Deutsche Glasfaser specifically to harmonise the different worlds of technology and processes. Above all, we’re interested in gathering practical experience, to bring open access to life with clear, non-discriminatory standards.”