Deutsche Telekom has connected the first three of ten countries for its new European network, with Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia now drawing products from a standardised platform.

The first product is a business customer service for private virtual networks called Cloud VPN.

For consumers, TV services and video game offers will follow during the course of this year.

The telco plans to invest more than €6 billion on the further development of its networks up until 2018. By then, over half of all households connected to Deutsche Telekom’s network in Europe will be able to access the internet at up to 100 Mbps, while 12% of households will over the next few years have access at up to 500 Mbps.

This will be achieved through the combination of fibre-optic technology and new technologies such as and Super Vectoring.

Furthermore, the first fibre router is now available throughout Germany.

Additional TV functions will be integrated into the device, which will be rolled out to other European markets this year.

The aim is to have 100,000 devices deployed by the end of 2016.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, CEO Timotheus Hoettges said: “We need more Europe and are laying the technological cornerstone for this today. With our European network and the cross-border infrastructure, we will be able to set the tone and not just dance to the beat of drummers from the US and Asia.

He added: “We are the first multinational telecommunications company to be able to truly make use of the synergies that arise when the national companies work together. This is our master plan for the digitization of Europe.”