Deutsche Telekom is to make an additional investment of up to €1 billion to upgrade its fixed broadband network in Germany and offer every house in areas near local exchanges speeds of up to 100MBps.

The operator made the announcement as part of a plethora of product updates at the annual IFA show in Berlin.

Arguments about DT’s use of vectoring have been rumbling on for months.

In July, the European Commission gave the green light for the operator to deploy the technology only if competitors were given alternative means of access.

This week, DT reached a final agreement with the German regulator that sees it make a fresh capital investment and offer around six million more customers higher speeds.

Other companies can also connect customers using DT’s technology as long as they also make investment commitments.

Niek Jan van Damme, Board member of Deutsche Telekom, said: “I am pleased that the Federal Network Agency has set out the framework conditions for rollout in areas near local exchanges.

“Fibre broadband rollout is important for consumers, particularly in rural areas.

“Our goal is to supply 80 percent of all households with high-speed broadband.”

Meanwhile, DT unveiled a series of new products and services for its home market.

Following the lead of UK mobile operator EE, Deutsche Telekom announced a partnership with Apple Music.

Customers can sign up to the music streaming service for a free six-month trial, after which they will be charged €9.95 per month.

EE, in which DT is a part owner thanks to its stake in BT, launched the same offer last week.

DT’s mobile customers can also buy an unlimited data allowance for 24 hours, with those on the company’s MagentaMobil plans paying €4.95 for the add-on.

Michael Hagspihl, Head of Consumers at Telekom Deutschland, said: “The new add-on is unique on the market and gives our customers the opportunity to surf the internet and use data-intensive services without any data limits for 24 hours.”

The operator also unveiled a new Wi-Fi router, the Speedport Smart, that features up to four antennas per frequency to provide a wider range and speeds of up to 2.1GBps.

DT said up to 100 Wi-Fi devices can be added to the home network using the device.

An update scheduled for 2017 will establish the Speedport Smart as a basis for smart home applications, it added.

[Read more: Deutsche Telekom updates Qivicon platform as it heads to Italy, France]

Finally, customers of DT’s MagentaEINS converged offering will get the company’s EntertainTV service for mobile devices added at no extra cost.

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