German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW will launch a high-speed internet service with a download speed of 200Mbps across all three federal states served by the company on November 3, 2014.
The upload data rate will amount to 10Mbps. More than 12 million households will be able to sign up for the high-speed service which uses the DOCSIS 3.0 standard on the company’s coaxial/fibre-optic network.
“The increase of the download speed to 200Mbps is only a snapshot in time. Next year, we will boost the speed of our lines even further,” Lutz Schüler, CEO of Unitymedia Kabel BW, said in Cologne. “In the medium term, we aim for transfer rates in the gigabit range.” This will be made possibly by the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard.
The highest data rate offered by the subsidiary of US media company Liberty Global has so far been 150Mbps. From Unitymedia Kabel BW’s currently 2.7 million internet customers, almost one out of two has signed up for at least 50Mbps.
The company will offer the 200Mbps service as part of its new triple play package 3play Premium 200 which will cost €50 per month (€43/month in the first year). The Horizon HD recorder is included in the subscription at no additional charge.
Customers only wanting to use the cable network for telephony and internet, but not for a TV subscription, can sign up for 2play Premium 200 for €42 per month (€35/month in the first year).