Feeds

Deutsche Telekom forced to open network

Schadenfreude at BT?

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The EU commission has backed German regulators and ordered Deutsche Telekom to open its network to broadband competitors.

Information and Media Comissioner Viviane Reding said on Monday said competitors should be given access to the DT network straight away. The German regulator BNetzA submitted plans to open up the market to the commission on 21 July.

Reding said: "I welcome that in spite of considerable political pressure, the German regulator has proved its independence by proposing to the commission, as required by EU law, to remedy the well-known competition problems on the German broadband market."

In a further blow to the national telco, the commission said BNetzA's scheme must give competitors access to the new €3bn VDSL network, which offers download speeds up to 52Mb/s. Deutsche Telekom had insisted it should be exempt from competition for three years owing to the scale of the investment.

Broadband penetration in Germany stands at around 12.5 per cent of households, just above the EU average of 11.5 per cent, but lagging behind the UK. According to analysts Point Topic, 42 per cent per cent of households in Britain have high-speed internet access.

The swoop to liberalise the German network should allow consumers access to price cuts brought about by a triple-play tussle. The commission has told BNetzA that if Deutsche Telekom's wholesale broadband prices are not sufficiently below their retail price they should be set by the cost of providing the service. EU law grants regulators powers to set pricing. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.