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Deutsche Telekom, EWE to invest 2bn euros in German fiber buildout

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A major step toward the gigabit society is being taken in northwest of Germany: Deutsche Telekom and EWE are planning to expand the fiber-optic network and to directly connect over a million private households to it, using FTTB/FTTH.

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The two companies plan to launch the effort by establishing their first joint venture, and today they signed a declaration of intent to that end.

Deutsche Telekom and EWE plan to work together in the German states of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen, with each of the two partners receiving a 50 percent stake in the planned joint venture.

The ten-year time frame for the network expansion calls for the joint venture to invest up to two billion euros, with a priority on rural areas, and with operations scheduled to begin in mid-2018. The joint venture still has to be approved by the German Federal Cartel Office.

The joint venture plans to create a state-of-the-art infrastructure that will be offered for use to other telecommunications-services providers. EWE and Deutsche Telekom, and other providers, will all be able to use the new network for their own sales and marketing efforts.


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