DT and Vodafone team up to roll out VDSL

Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone will together expand VDSL internet broadband services in Germany, the companies announced today.

'We are also in talks with other competitors and open for further cooperation,' a Deutsche Telekom spokesman said, reported by Reuters.

The two companies will begin in two cities - Wuerzburg and Heilbronn - next year, providing about 50,000 households in each with access to the tens of Mbps network which is fast enough to support HD video streaming.

Deutsche Telekom has urged its rivals to help build a VDSL network in Germany and warned the country would lose its competitive edge if it did not invest in broadband expansion.

Telekom and other fixed-line operators are keen to offer more broadband services to compensate for a declining customer base for traditional landline services as they compete against cable companies' triple and quad play offerings.

Deutsche Telekom aims to attract around 500,000 customers this year for its television service via broadband, Internet IPTV, Reuters reports.