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DT Launches In-Flight WiFi

BONN -- Telekom takes off with FlyNet, the brand new passenger service from Lufthansa Airlines that offers high-performance, on-board Internet access. Telekom has extended its range of HotSpot sites from more than 8,000 locations in Germany and 72 Deutsche Bahn high-speed ICE trains, to now include aircraft from Lufthansa's long-haul fleet; once again demonstrating Telekom's innovation leadership. As a result, Telekom, together with technology partner Panasonic Avionics Corporation, is closing the communications gap in air travel, where passengers were previously required to go "offline." The service will be available starting December 1st on selected North Atlantic routes, and will be implemented on nearly the entire Lufthansa long-haul network by the end of 2011.

"Our aim is to provide our customers the best possible connection around the clock, regardless of where they are. We have been providing HotSpots in Deutsche Bahn's high-speed ICE trains for five years now, so the Lufthansa on-board service means the sky really is the limit. This initiative is another excellent example of how we are realizing our vision of connected life and work, step by step," said Edward R. Kozel, Chief Technology and Innovations Officer (CTIO) of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Through a Telekom HotSpot, transatlantic passengers will now have the same unlimited Internet access as on the ground. This service is guaranteed throughout the entire aircraft cabin, where passengers can connect to the Internet using all WLAN-enabled devices such as laptops or smartphones. This will enable them to use the time spent traveling to surf the internet or to access company servers via a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and communicate seamlessly with their business associates through Email. The extremely fast, high-performance connection means even large file attachments can be sent quickly without time delay. With FlyNet, Lufthansa, in cooperation with its strategic partners Telekom and technology leader Panasonic Avionics Corporation, is the first airline to offer its customers broadband Internet access on intercontinental flights.

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