Kabel Deutschland: 100Mbps internet in demand

May 19, 2014 09.42 Europe/London By Jörn Krieger

Kabel DeutschlandHalf of the new internet customers of Kabel Deutschland now opt for the high-speed access with a data rate of 100Mps, Germany’s largest cable operator reported at the presentation of its business figures for the period between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

In total, the number of internet and telephony customers rose by 329,000 to 2.3 million in the past 12 months. In the previous year 308,000 customers were added.

The number of premium TV customers (pay-TV and DVR) grew by 232.000 to also 2.3 million. 1.7 million customers have signed up for the HD versions of the commercial free-to-air channels which are available for an additional monthly fee. Kabel Deutschland currently distributes a total of 65 HD channels.

The Vodafone subsidiary invested €575 million (2012/13: €472 million) in the past 12 months, mainly into the upgrade of its cable network. Almost the whole coverage area (96%) is now provided with 100Mbps internet. 3.6 million of the total of 8.3 million customers can access video-on-demand service Select Video.

In December 2013, Kabel Deutschland launched a trial in the city of Mainz offering internet access with a data rate of up to 200Mbps.