Deutsche Telekom announced first voice calls over LTE with VoLGA

December 9, 2009

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BONN, Germany -- Deutsche Telekom Announced First Voice Calls over LTE with VoLGA.Deutsche Telekom announced today the world’s first voice call over LTEwith excellent speech quality based on VoLGA (Voice over LTE viaGeneric Access) technology and two independent test environments.

Calls have been made between a test system, installed at DeutscheTelekom Headquarters in Bonn, Germany which is based on a VoLGAimplementation of Kineto Wireless and a second totally independentsystem from Alcatel-Lucent, installed in their test center in Stuttgart,Germany. Both VoLGA-based Voice over LTE systems support inboundand outbound voice calling and SMS messaging between LTE-enableddevices and standard mobile and fixed telephones.

With this result Deutsche Telekom underlines the innovative leadership inthe development of Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN), as itbelongs to a series of tests through which the company consequentlyresearches the capabilities of the potential NGMN technologies.

“Voice calling is an essential service for mobile operators. Thisdemonstration is a key milestone towards establishing a future proof ecosystem and shows a cost efficient way for using voice over LTE”, statedUwe Janssen, Senior Vice President of Core Networks. “The VoLGA testshows how operators could quickly and easily provide next generationvoice services, re-using their existing core networks. At the same time thisserves as a first step to prepare networks for the industry-agreed mid- andlong-term solution for voice over LTE that will be based on IMS.”

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)

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