German cable operators preparing for ADSL battle
German cable operators are strengthening their position in the competition against ADSL providers.
At the end of September 2008 the cable industry had 1.6 million internet and 1.35 million telephone customers. For the beginning of 2009 cable association Verband Deutscher Kabelnetzbetreiber (ANGA) expects more than 2 million cable and internet customers, corresponding with an increase of over 80,000 new subscribers per month. However, in comparison with ADSL providers, which currently have almost 22 million customers, cable operators still have a lot of ground to catch up.
In order to make their networks compatible for telephony and internet, cable companies have invested over €750 million this year upgrading them. Internet and telephone connections via cable are currently available for around 23 million households – a growth of around 4 million households in comparison to the end of 2007. With double flat rates for telephone and internet available in some areas for a monthly fee of less than €30, cable operators are gearing up for competition during the Christmas sales period.
In addition to new customers, ANGA says that an increasing number of ADSL customers are switching to cable which, with up to 32 Mbit/s, offers twice as high a data rate as ADSL2+.