On 19 December 2012 the Telekom Deutschland GmbH (Deutsche Telekom) submitted an application to the Federal Network Agency for modification of the regulatory conditions for access to the local loop. In this application Deutsche Telekom describes its new vectoring services. According to Deutsche Telekom vectoring services enable transmission rates of up to 100 Mb/sec. by using the common copper-based local access network. However, Deutsche Telekom's approach is opposed by some of its competitors since vectoring requires that only one company uses the copper pairs, and thus unbundled access – at least with regard to VDSL – is no longer possible. On 24 January 2013 a public hearing was held where the competitors addressed their concerns.
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