German cable operator Tele Columbus will expand its city cable network in Berlin: More than 80 kilometers of pipe ways have been acquired from a technical services provider in order to lay fibre-optic cables. Financial details were not disclosed.

The new tube system covers nearly all Berlin districts and technically enables the creation of three new large-scale fibre-optic rings. With the move, additional households can be connected to the cable network.

"Through the acquisition of the strategic well placed pipe ways we will be able to avoid the costly digging of new trenches while at the same time further extending our fibre-optic structure in a economically effective, demand-oriented way," said managing director Dietmar Schickel.

Tele Columbus provides several hundred thousand households in Berlin with TV, internet, telephony and multimedia services.