Deutsche Telekom touts broadband for the mass market at CeBIT 2007

March 14, 2007

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BONN, Germany -- Attractive data rates for mobile Internet use, expansion of the IPTV offer and the "office on a USB stick" are examples of Deutsche Telekom's innovative offers at CeBIT 2007. "Broadband fixed network and mobile communications services are central to this year’s CeBIT," said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday in Hanover. "In terms of mobile communications, our new, attractive data rate plans open up the Internet to the mass market. With our combined VDSL and ADSL2+ offers, we will have in place Europe's leading infrastructure for IPTV, video on demand and similar bandwidth-intensive applications in the fixed network by the end of the year."

With the accelerated expansion of the broadband infrastructure, T-Com intends to dramatically increase the marketing basis for Triple Play products and the opportunity to use Internet­based television (IPTV).

The aim is to cover more than 17 million households by the end of 2007. Deutsche Telekom is consequently tripling the marketing potential for Triple Play products and accelerating growth in the area of high-speed Internet access. As the next step in the expansion of VDSL technology, Deutsche Telekom will provide its customers in the following cities with the new high-speed technology: Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Essen, Karlsruhe, Ludwigshafen, Mainz, Mannheim, Wiesbaden and Wuppertal.

The area of entertainment content is also being expanded as T-Com has gained Disney subsidiary Buena Vista International Television as another important partner for its video-on-demand service.

T-Mobile is simplifying the prices for web'n'walk, heralding the break-through of the mobile Internet into the mass market. By introducing new time-based options, T-Mobile is making the cost of mobile surfing in the UMTS network even more transparent as well: with the web'n'walk Starter option pre-installed in all voice rates, the mobile online minute costs just nine euro cents. For frequent surfers, T-Mobile has given surfing packages like web'n'walk Large a new look, launch on May 2, 2007.

There will also be changes to the three web’n’walk surfing packages Basic, Medium and Large for mobile connections to the Internet from PDA phones and laptops on May 2, 2007: the pricing structure will be adjusted as of May 2 on the basis of the logic used for DSL rates in the fixed network. Rate, speed and volume can be combined at will – enabling customers to make further savings. Newcomers can sign up for mobile laptop use throughout Germany with web’n’walk Basic for EUR 20.

Anyone that wants to enjoy downlink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbit/s and uplink speeds of up to 1.4 Mbit/s on their cell phone, PDA or laptop can add the new speed option for EUR 5 per month. Customers can currently use downlink bandwidths of up to 3.6 Mbit/s in the T-Mobile network.

With the Max Young calling plan, young people between 18 and 25 can now make calls to the fixed network and T-Mobile network for as long and as often as they like for EUR 25 a month. For calls to other German mobile phone networks, T-Mobile charges 29 euro cents per minute with the Max Young rate plan. The new flat rate is available from May 2, 2007, and launches the new Young rate family.

T-Systems will be presenting Telepresence – a new kind of video conferencing system - at CEBIT. What makes it so special: broadband network and high-resolution screens deliver images and sound in an unprecedented quality. Participants in a videoconference are presented even more realistically. T-Systems will be revealing an innovative USB stick for mobile employees that need secure access to the latest company data at any time and any place. The compact storage medium is equipped with a smartcard that acts as a digital identity card to enable users to access corporate networks, provides large storage capacity and encrypts all data.

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)

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