Vodafone Deutschland will introduce internet access at Gigabit speed in a few months in the first pilot region where it switched off its analogue TV and radio distribution.
This was confirmed to Broadband TV News by a Vodafone spokeswoman. The fibre-optic cable network in the Bavarian region Landshut and Dingolfing where Vodafone completed analogue switch-off on January 9, 2018 is already being prepared for the rollout of 1Gbps internet access based on cable standard DOCSIS 3.1. The beginning of the marketing of the high-speed service will be announced at a later date.
Vodafone Deutschland will conduct the second pilot project for analogue switch-off on May 15, 2018 in Nuremberg and surrounding towns. The large-scale analogue switch-off in the 13 German federal states served by Vodafone will commence in summer 2018. The individual regions will be converted step by step to a fully digital TV and radio provision.
The capacities vacated through the removal of the analogue channels will be used to offer more HD channels and Gigabit internet. Within the next 3 years, Vodafone wants to provide 12.6 million cable households across its footprint with the 1Gbps service.