Deutsche Telekom fibre cables


Deutsche Telekomwatch
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February 2019: 44pp
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Executive brief

Group

Deals: DT pulls plug on Albania [p.6]

  • A taster for wider portfolio rejig?
  • Table: DT “principal subsidiaries” and their affiliates

People [p.11]

  • Table: people movements

Supply Chain: DT pushes back against anti-Huawei forces in Europe [p.15]

  • Keep calm and carry on
  • Mixed messages from Germany
  • Hurricane Huawei continues to gather force
  • America first (Huawei last)

Germany

Legal and Regulatory: TDE treads warily into 5G auction [p.21]

  • 5G investment under threat
  • Table: Not playing by the BNetzA rulebook: Kopf rounds on the regulator
  • Dommermuth makes his move
  • DIY 5G

TDE gets a boost in in-building broadband battle [p.26]

  • TDE responds

Europe

Greece: EETT reviews spectrum bands for 5G [p.30]

  • Table: Deutsche Telekom's Europe spectrum agenda FY19-20

Hungary: MT progresses automotive-flavoured 5G testing [p.32]

  • Ericsson vs Huawei: MT yet to commit

Slovakia: ST ties with Ericsson on massive MIMO trial [p.34]

USA

Network: TMUS looks high and low for 5G spectrum [p.37]

  • 600MHz on the move
  • Sprint is the key to TMUS' 5G high jump

Further reading

Index

A

Africa 13

Albtelecom 7

Alphabet

 - Google 13

  -- Android 41

Americas

 - Brazil 12

 - Canada 18

 - North America 11, 12

 - United States of America (USA) 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 22, 35, 36, 38, 42

  --  Commerce Department 18

  --  Department of Justice (DoJ) 15, 18, 19

  --  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 19, 37, 42

  --  States

   ---   Washington 18

Asia-Pacific 11

 - Australia 17, 18, 35

 - China 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 40

 - India

  --  Licence Circles

   ---   Himachal Pradesh 31

 - Japan 18, 19

 - Malaysia 35

 - New Zealand 18

 - Singapore 35

AT&T 10, 12, 38

B

Beta Film GmbH 28

Bigtincan Holdings 39

Brand Finance 10

BREKO 27, 41

British Standards Institute (BSI) 17

BT Group 8, 17, 18, 40

 - EE 8, 18

Bundesliga 28

C

CeBIT 14

Comcast Corp. 13

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States 19

Cosmote Romanian Mobile Teleco. SA (see OTE/DT) 8

D

Daimler AG 9, 25

 - Mercedes-Benz 10

Dennis Publishing 12

Deutsche Telekom 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41

 - Corporate

  --  Headquarters 14, 15, 17, 19

 - Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

  --  Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) 10

 - Europe 6

  --  Austria 7, 8, 11, 17

  --  Bulgaria (see OTE) 7

  --  Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) 8, 31

  --  Czech Republic 7, 8, 11, 17, 35

  --  Greece (see OTE) 30

  --  Hungary (see Magyar Telekom) 7, 8, 11, 32, 35, 41

    ---   International Carrier Sales & Services (ICSS) 11

  --  Montenegro (see Magyar Telekom) 8, 11

  --  Netherlands 7, 8, 13, 17

  --  Poland (Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa/PTC) 7, 8, 17

  --  Romania (see Cosmote Romania/OTE) 8

  --  Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 7, 8, 34, 35, 41

  --  UK (EE) 8, 18

 - Executives

  --  Ewaldsson, Ulf 13

  --  Hartmann, Jens 12

  --  Höttges, Timotheus 17, 22

  --  Kopf, Wolfgang 21

  --  Legere, John 19, 38

  --  Ray, Neville 13, 38

  --  Rekasi, Tibor 32

  --  Tsamaz, Michael 7

  --  Tsybulskaya, Dina 11

 - Germany 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28

 - Goingsoft 9

 - Investments

  --  Magyar Telekom (see separate) 7, 8, 11, 32, 33, 35, 41

  --  OTE (see separate) 6, 7, 8, 11, 30, 41

 - Products and services

  --  T-Mobile TV 39

 - Systems Solutions

  --  T-Systems 8, 9, 11, 12, 32, 35

 - South Africa 11

 - Telekom Security 12

 - Toll4Europe 9

  --  Toll Collect 9

 - USA 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 37, 38, 39, 42

Drillisch AG 24, 41

E

Ericsson 11, 13, 17, 19, 33, 34, 35, 38, 42

Eurobank 6

Europe

 - Albania 6, 31, 40

 - Austria 9, 11, 31

 - Bulgaria 7

 - Croatia 31, 41

  --  Hrvatska Agencija za Postu i Elektronicke Komunikacije (HAKOM) 31

 - Czech Republic 7, 31

 - Finland 10

 - Germany 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 38, 40, 41

  --  Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA, or German Federal Network Agency) 22, 24, 25, 26, 27

  --  Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 22, 26, 41

  --  Government 9

 - Greece 7, 11, 30, 40, 41

 - Hellenic Telecoms and Post Commission (EETT) 30

 - Hungary 7, 31, 32, 33, 35, 41

 - Macedonia 11, 31

 - Montenegro 7, 11

 - Netherlands 12, 31

 - Poland 9, 11, 15, 31, 40

 - Portugal 11

 - Romania 7, 8, 31, 40

 - Scandinavia 10

 - Serbia 7

 - Slovakia 7, 31, 34, 35, 41

 - Sweden 10, 13, 17, 34

 - Switzerland 12

 - Turkey 10

 - Ukraine 8

 - United Kingdom (UK) 8, 10, 12, 13, 18, 35

  --  British Standards Institute (BSI) 17

European Union 15, 18, 30, 35, 40

F

Forthnet 11

France Télécom

 - Orange 10

 - UK (see EE, DT) 8, 18

FreeMove Alliance (DT-FT-Telia Company-TI) 10

G

Global M2M Assocation (GMA) 10

Goldman Sachs 8

Green Party 9

H

Hewlett-Packard 31

Hitachi 13

Hrvatski Telekom (see DT, Croatia) 8, 31

Huawei Technologies 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 33, 35, 40

I

Intel 37, 38, 42

L

Liberty Global

 - UPC Austria 7

Liberty Global Inc.

 - UPC Broadband 7

M

Magyar Telekom (see DT) 7, 8, 11, 32, 35, 41

 - Macedonia (Makedonski Telekom/T-Mobile) 7, 8, 11

 - Montenegro (Crnogorski Telekom) 8, 11

 - Romania

 - Combridge 8

 - T-Systems Hungary 11, 32, 35

Major League Baseball 42

Market segments

 - Machine-to-machine (M2M) 14

 - Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) 24

 - Multinational corporations (MNCs) 10

Middle East 13

 - Iran 18

N

Nokia 17, 19

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) 15, 18

Novatel Wireless 8

NTT 12

O

Open Handset Alliance (OHA)

 - Android 41

OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 6, 7, 8, 11, 40

 - Bulgaria (Globul) 7

 - Cosmote 8, 30

  --  Albania (Telekom Albania) 6, 8, 40

 - Greece 30

 - Romania 8

Tsamaz, Michael 7

P

PPF Group 7

Premiere AG 40

Q

Qualcomm 35, 37

S

SAP 12

Siemens AG 25

Sky

 - Sky Deutschland 28

Slovak Telekom (see DT, Slovakia) 7, 8, 34, 35, 41

SOFTBANK CORP. 19

Sprint Corporation 15, 19, 38, 40

Swisscom 12

T

Technology

 - 2.5G 38

 - 2G 14, 38

 - 3G 14, 31, 35

  --  Evolved HSPA (HSPA+/I-HSPA)

  --  MIMO 34, 35, 41

 - 4G 14, 16, 18

  --  Long Term Evolution (LTE) 35

 - 5G 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42

 - Fibre 23, 26, 27

 - FTTH 26, 27

 - LTE Advanced 35

 - M2M 14

 - mobile TV 42

 - Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 14

 - OpenStack 12

 - OTA 35

 - RAN 17, 23

 - R&D 11, 34

 - SIM 14

 - Smartphone 18

 - Spectrum 21, 30, 31, 37, 38, 41

  --  700 MHz 30, 31, 35, 38

  --  800 MHz 31

  --  2100 MHz 30, 31

  --  2300 MHz 30

  --  2600 MHz 31

  --  3500 MHz 31, 35

  --  Advanced Wireless Spectrum 37

 - VDSL 26

 - Vectoring 41

 - WAN 10

 - W-LAN 9

Tele2 7, 31

 - Netherlands 7

Telefonica Group 22

Telekom Austria

 - Austria

 - A1 31

Telekom Srbija a.d. 7

Telia Company 10

Twitter Inc. 39

U

UEFA 28

United Internet 21, 24, 41

V

Value-added services 10, 24

Verizon Communications 10, 38

 - Verizon Wireless 38

VINCI Group

 - Cofiroute, S.A. 9

Vivacom (BTC) 6

Vodafone 7, 10, 18, 22

 - Europe Region

  --  Albania 7

  --  Germany 22

Volkswagen AG 25

X

Xumo 39

Z

ZTE Corp. 16, 18

  • BNetzA backs NatCo in interference dispute.

Telekom Deutschland (TDE) tried to quell reports that it will be able to throttle or stop rival fibre services amid a dispute over access to shared copper cables in older buildings. A 570-page partial decision by Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Networks Agency/BNetzA) on a dispute over access to the last mile in multi-tenanted buildings appears to have provoked a media storm, and incited anger among TDE’s rival broadband providers.

The entire matter appears to apply to a very specific case where fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) providers install services in apartment blocks that have already been linked up to TDE’s VDSL-based vectoring services. Both services share old copper cables as the “last mile” from the cellars of the buildings to the actual apartments, and the fibre signals can cause interference to the vectoring services.

The BNetzA appears to have decreed that TDE is permitted to force competitors to switch off or reduce the speed of FTTB connections supplied to apartments in older buildings, in the event that signals from the new services cause interference issues. BNetzA deemed that TDE has functional control over the last mile as part of the local loop under the terms of Germany’s Telecommunications Act. Providers of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services are not affected as they do not use the copper cables as the final link.

Various German media reports opined that the BNetzA decision will provide a huge competitive advantage to TDE, helping it to advance its own vectoring services at rivals’ expense. TDE is aiming to reach 80% household coverage with up-to-100Mbps vectoring services in 2019, while 70% of households should be able to obtain speeds of 100Mbps and above (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #79).

Bundesverband Breitbandkommunikation (German Broadband Association), which represents the majority of alternative fixed-line broadband network operators in Germany, asserted that BNetzA has effectively handed TDE a “quasi-monopoly” over cabling in buildings that connect services from the access point in cellars to the homes of subscribers. It added that it regards the decision as a backward step that favours copper-based services over higher speed FTTB services.

Jürgen Grützner, Managing Director of the Verband der Anbieter von Telekommunikations- und Mehrwertdiensten, an association of telecoms and value-added service providers, also asked if vectoring therefore has priority over FTTB when the joint use of copper cables creates interference on the lines. Grützner conceded that the matter is complex, but insisted that new legal solutions are required in future to ensure fibre-optic networks are given priority – in turn, helping Germany to reach its objective of providing widespread Gigabit broadband access by 2025 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #69, #75, and #77). The BNetzA has indicated that the situation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

TDE responds

TDE provided its own take on the media storm, saying in a blog post that, contrary to the claims of some of its competitors, it is not being favoured by the authorities, noting that the BNetzA was merely setting out a compromise to help balance the needs of customers with technical requirements. “[BNetzA] says that different broadband technologies must work side by side and in the same building. That makes sense too. It cannot be that individual customers suddenly have no internet just because their neighbour has an FTTB product”, said the operator.

TDE also took the opportunity to take a sly dig at rivals that it said are “shying away” from investing in FTTH. “Every provider is free to do so. The view that priority is given to ‘old’ technology therefore does not apply”, DT said.

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