Vodafone’s German fixed mobile subsidiary Arcor is getting serious about offering broadband and competing with the existing players. A few days ago the company announced that it would launch ADSL2 services on February 1, 2005 in 300 cities across the country. Arcor has 1.1 mln customers. Now there is word that it plans to spend $242 million on a fiber optic network. The plan, according to some reports is that company will share construction costs with Deutsche Telekom which is spending $3 billion on upgrading its copper loops to fiber. The German Broadband market is heating up. Earlier this week, Telecom Italia’s German unit Hansenet revealed plans to build its own VDSL high-speed internet network.
PS: I am not very clear on the broadband developments in Germany, so if you are interested in writing an occasional post, or sending me links, please do get in touch.