1&1 to offer VDSL by year-end

German ADSL provider 1&1 plans to commence marketing fibre optic (VDSL) connections from Deutsche Telekom in good time for year-end sales, with the product offer to be presented in September.

“Through the opening of the VDSL network to competitors, Germany is making a big leap forward in the distribution of fast internet connections,” said 1&1 CEO Robert Hoffmann.

1&1 wants to offer broadband access with a data rate of 50 Mbit/s in 50 German cities. Customers will be able to make use of the fast speed, for example, to access the soon-to-launch HDTV offer from maxdome, the online video library jointly operated by 1&1 parent company United Internet and TV group ProSiebenSat.1.

United Internet says it is open for the joint deployment of the VDSL network together with Telekom to further cities. “We want to invest deeper into added value and with our contribution expedite the quick expansion of the German VDSL network,” said Hoffmann. The company reached an agreement with Telekom in mid-July over the marketing of VDSL connections.