Deutsche Telkom to add 5.9 million homes to fast internet plan

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Posted: Feb 20, 2015 5:27 AM

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom plans to provide an additional 5.9 million homes with fast internet, a spokesman said on Friday.

At the moment Deutsche Telekom is rolling out a so-called VDSL network in Germany, which will offer download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s.

By 2018 it wants to have 65 percent of German houses connected to fast internet. With the additional 5.9 million houses, the coverage will rise to about 80 percent.

Deutsche Telekom is in a fierce battle with German cable company's such as Liberty Global's Unitymedia KabelBW and Kabel Deutschland, which is now part of Vodafone.

Both cable companies have snatched customers from established Deutsche Telekom, with their upgraded networks offering home and office Internet at speeds that are often five times faster.

(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde and Peter Maushagen; Editing by Kirsti Knolle)