Deutsche Telekom “switched on” its pan-European IP network on Monday and revealed the first product to benefit from it.

The Germany-based operator revealed that its opcos in three countries - Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia – can now benefit from a standardised platform that enables them to deploy products and services in a much shorter timeframe.

CEO Tim Hoettges and Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Europe and Technology, turned on the platform during a press conference at Mobile World Congress.

The first product is a virtual private network, "Cloud VPN," for the enterprise market.

DT said TV services and video game offerings will follow “over the course of the year”.

The announcment follows a period of heavy investment by the operator. Last week, it revealed capex rose 7.6 percent last year to €9.5 billion.

Nemat said: "Instead of having 10 factories in 10 countries for 10 solutions, we will have central production sites for everyone.

“Our national companies can draw standardised product building blocks from a central catalogue and use these to put together offerings customised to suit the market situation in their own regions.”

She said DT remained confident of meeting its target of making its IP network available across its entire European footprint by 2018.

Currently, eight million customers have access to it. Nemat said DT was migrating 100,000 customers per week.

For Hoettges, the move to IP is more ideological. He said: "With our European network and the cross-border infrastructure, we will be able to set the tone and not just dance to the beat of drummers from the US and Asia.

"We are the first multinational telecommunications company to be able to truly make use of the synergies that arise when the national companies work together. This is our master plan for the digitisation of Europe."​

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