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KPNQwest Hits Germany

KPNQwest Tuesday confirmed the company is proceeding smoothly with its digital subscriber line deployment in Germany.

The pan-European offspring of KPN and Qwest Communications Inc. connected its first customers in Dusseldorf, one month ahead of its DSL deployment schedule.

KPNQwest installed high-speed DSL equipment in 23 central offices in Dusseldorf that can reach 93 percent of the regional business marketplace.

The first trial customers achieved access speeds of up to 7.5 megabits per second, more than 130 times faster than current dial-up Internet access speeds in the area. Broadband access significantly enhances the ability of small and medium sized business to fully exploit the broadband-enabled e-commerce market.

Several German Internet providers signed commitments with KPNQwest as distribution partners of its DSL services. ISPs are able to deliver their customers unprecedented bandwidth at competitive rates. KPNQwest is currently the only pan-European data communications provider rolling-out DSL services in Germany, with further plans to develop the remaining European markets.

KPNQwest is also deploying DSL services in Finland and has commenced its high-speed service rollout in Sweden. The company has signed a letter of intent with France Telecom for the French DSL trial and is negotiating with other incumbent operators across Europe.

Paul van Doorn, KPNQwest managing director for DSL services, said other countries would follow as governments implement and enforce the deregulation of local access networks, opening up the local loop or metropolitan copper wire network to competition.

"KPNQwest will establish the largest pan-European DSL footprint, becoming the first IP operator in Europe to significantly expand its service offering in broadband access to major European cities," van Doorn said.

"For KPNQwest, DSL is more than an access technology," can Doorn continued. "It is the key enabler behind the successful introduction of value-added broadband services for SMEs, branch offices and home-based businesses. DSL is the ticket to the new economy"

KPNQwest is deploying asymmetric DSL services over existing copper pairs in order to will offer high-speed access that can migrate to next generation communication services like very high-speed DSL, as it becomes available.

KPNQwest contends that broadband services previously unavailable to the mass market will revolutionize European business communications.

In addition to its ambitious DSL deployment schedule, KPNQwest is building fiber optic services around densely populated "Euro Rings," in tandem with its hosting and data facilities, or so called CyberCentres.

The combination of services offers unrivalled broadband Internet connectivity, enterprise Web and application hosting, tier one transit, and free peering that is designed to accelerate the complete migration of European businesses into the global, Internet-enabled economy.