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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Network expansion

Here is a selection of material topics from the 2016 CR-Report. More information can be found in the chapters Customers & products and Climate & environment.

Continuing expansion of the fiber-optic network

Telekom already operates the largest fiber-optic network in Europe with more than 400,000 kilometers. However, demand for higher bandwidths is constantly increasing. In view of this trend, we continue to expand our fiber-optic network in order to secure our business success in the long term. Our goal is to provide 80 percent of Germany's population with a minimum of 50 Mbit/s img by 2018 – subject to regulatory changes.

To reach this goal, we are using FTTC img (fiber to the curb) technology and are expanding FTTH img as well. With FTTC, fiber optics are laid to the gray cable distribution boxes on the curb. From there we can supply our customers with large bandwidths via existing lines by means of VDSL img vectoring. With FTTH, or fiber to the home, the fiber-optic cables are taken into the home.

  DSL img 16000 FTTC with VDSL vectoring FTTH
Download up to 16 Mbit/s up to 100 Mbit/s up to 200 Mbit/s
Upload up to 2.4 Mbit/s up to 40 Mbit/s up to 100 Mbit/s

Continuing buildout of the LTE mobile network

We continued to expand our use of LTE img mobile network technology in the Deutsche Telekom network in 2016. In late 2016, average network coverage was at 84 percent of the population, putting our European national companies in line with their target coverage. Network coverage at the end of 2016 was just below 92 percent of the German population. Our goal is to achieve 95 percent by the end of 2018. Around 75 percent of European transmitter masts are currently equipped with LTE. Two or more frequency bands are active in almost every fourth LTE location, ensuring more extensive reach and higher speed.

Speed breakthrough of one gigabit per second
Together with device manufacturer Huawei, we broke through the speed barrier of one gigabit for mobile data transfer in the LTE network in 2016 for the first time. Using Deutsche Telekom's mobile network, we achieved the breakthrough with a transmission rate of 1.22 gigabit in a live demonstration in Berlin. The latest LTE Advanced Pro technology was used for the test. The technology combines at least three frequency bands to achieve high speeds.

Award for mobile network in Germany

Connect fixed-line test (08/2016): Test winner
We were the only Germany-wide provider to receive the overall rating of "excellent" in August 2016 in the fixed-line test carried out by German trade magazine Connect. Whether it be telephone services, Internet or online television, we beat out the competition.

CHIP mobile network test (1/2017): First place
In the mobile network test carried out by trade magazine Chip, we not only won in the "Overall network quality" category but also in the "LTE img network quality" category. Testers were particularly impressed by our network availability of 95 percent. Our network was not available in only 5 percent of cases..

Connect mobile network test (1/2017): Again first place
We won the mobile network test carried out by trade magazine Connect for the sixth time in a row. The test focuses on the categories voice and data. We were the only company to be rated "excellent".