German cable operator Unitymedia has commenced offering its high-speed internet access with a data rate of 400Mbps across its whole cable network.
More than 10 million cable customers in federal states North-Rhine Westphalia, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg – one quarter of all German households – can sign up for the high-speed service which has so far only been available on parts of Unitymedia’s network.
With the move, the Liberty Global subsidiary completes the network upgrade started in early 2016 and enters the next expansion stage.
“We have reached network-wide availability of 400Mbps once again far ahead of our competitors. Unitymedia is the only company in Germany offering this speed across its whole coverage area, thereby making it available to the mass market”, CEO Lutz Schüler said in Cologne.
“The performance limits of our high-speed network have not been reached by far – we are only at the beginning: Our technology experts are already working on further acceleration of the network towards the gigabit sphere,” said Schüler. “Only one infrastructure is able to bring Germany to the gigabit age in the near future: The fibre optic-based cable network.”
The combined fibre-optic and coaxial cable network can be upgraded to data rates of more than 1Gbps through new cable standard DOCSIS 3.1.