Sunday, May 19, 2013

Telekom checks departure from the fixed network for specific development areas - Heise Newsticker

Telekom has brought into the conversation, especially by the flat-rate throttling lately. Now she wants to check if at all fixed lines to be offered in certain development areas. The German Telekom AG in Bonn on Saturday confirmed a corresponding dpa request. The LAP and the Nordsee-Zeitung newspaper had previously reported that Telekom plans to launch a pilot project to determine whether the fixed network can be completely replaced in some areas by wireless connection.

“The precondition for this (…) is that the quality of care through a wireless connection does not change and the cost of the product is not higher,” the company added. In agreement with the Federal Network Agency and the municipal associations of the pilot test with voluntary participation should take place.

Where, when and with how much participants is still unclear, said a spokesman for the telecoms dpa. The pilot will run for at least one year. The new areas to be affected while also expanded in parallel with the fixed network as before. Only after the test is to determine whether a wireless connection is an equivalent alternative. The previous phone device should be able to be reused. All the other functions of the fixed-line access should remain available.

As the above newspapers further reported that the plans meet but criticism from German politicians: Telekom has not demonstrated that the mobile offer is equivalent to the fixed network. “There are high doubts,” said Bernhard Kaster (CDU) parliamentary manager of the Union in the Bundestag, the newspapers. Kaster is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Federal Network Agency. “We will insist that there is no deterioration.”

The deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Bärbel Höhn, the newspapers said, “What must not happen is that customers have to pay more for less quality


According to “Nordsee-Zeitung”, the Group is required under the Telecommunications Act nationwide to minimum pension. Besides public payphones is called to a landline connection for every household at an affordable price, Universal Service. But laws can be changed. (Using dpa material) (as)

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