Niek van damme, head of telekom germany, announced that. This should make the tariffs more transparent for customers, he said. "That’s why, starting today, we will only advertise with the term flat rate where there is also a flat rate," he said.
This was telekom’s response to a ruling by the regional court of colony. The court had forbidden the company to throttle the transmission speed of "flat rate" DSL tariffs above a certain data volume. With a "flat rate", customers expect a fixed price for a certain surfing speed and do not expect any restrictions, the court ruled. Telekom will not appeal.
Customers with fixed-network internet rates called "flat rate" will be able to surf the internet without limits in the future, van damme announced. "Flat rates will continue to exist in the future."Telekom had not expected the strong reactions to its plan. Clauses on throttling for rates already taken out will be removed.
"This is not a gift from telekom, it is the consequence of the ruling," said thomas bradler of the consumer advice center of north rhine-westphalia. The consumer users had filed a lawsuit against the throttling. Telecom’s announcement creates transparency, he said. "If you book a flat rate, you can be sure that you will get it."
Telekom is keeping many details open about the new volume rates. They should be cheaper than flat rates with unlimited surfing volume, announced van damme. Deutsche telekom’s head of marketing, michael hagspihl, cited a price difference of five to ten euros as an "indicator". Telekom did not say how much the rates would cost or exactly when they would be introduced. Van damme only said that he did not expect the volume rates to be launched in the next twelve months. The original target date was 2016.
How much data volume should be included and how much users should be slowed down afterwards also remained unclear. Before the court ruling, telekom had planned to throttle transmission speeds to 2 megabits per second. Van damme also cited this figure for future volume tariffs, but cautioned, "that’s our view today, but we’re not in 2016 yet.". Later he added that the tariffs could be changed before 2016, if technically possible.
With the rate hike, telekom also wanted to recoup the costs of expanding fast broadband internet connections. Investing billions in the networks.