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Germans brings Two-tier internet to Europe

DSL Prime's editor, Dave Burstein reports that Deutsche Telekom wants the Bertelmans, Burdas and Googles of the world to pay it to deliver their multimedia content to its German customers.

In a scenario reminiscent of what happened in the US last year, Wolfgang Schmitz, a senior executive vice president of Deutsche Telecom, maintained that it was necessary to charge companies a fee in order to maintain and regulate the quality of service over the network.

Operators in the rest of the European Union will probably not follow Deutsche Telekom's lead and one might even wonder whether the European Commission might not want to ask German regulators to break up DT in order to create competition.

Market analysts have also pointed out that "dumb networks" like the one operated by French operator Free (opens in new tab) are offering HD content, 28mbps Internet, free television and telephone for under Eur 30 using far less resources (both in hardware and man power) than DT and with much better Quality of Service (QoS).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.