Will agriculture experience a data boom?
Satellite television: only digital in 2012
The state media authorities propose April 30, 2012 as the date for switching off analogue broadcasts via satellite. Anyone who still uses an analog satellite receiver will probably have to buy a new device in 2 years. About 40 television programs are currently broadcast in analog format via the Astra satellite and several hundred digital programs.
The Association of Private Broadcasting and Telemedia welcomes the proposal of the state media authorities and calls for a schedule for switching off analogue cable television. That brings planning security. Simultaneous analogue and digital broadcasting is too expensive in the long run.
Wulf H. Bernotat and Ulrich Middelmann new members of the Telekom Supervisory Board / Wolfgang Reitzle and Wulf von Schimmelmann resigned
At the beginning of the year, two new members were appointed to the Deutsche Telekom Supervisory Board. Prof. Dr. With effect from December 31, 2009, Wulf von Schimmelmann stepped down from the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. As of January 1, 2010, his successor is Dr. Wulf H. Bernotat. Bernotat has been Chairman of the Board of Management of E.ON AG since May 2003. In this function, he is responsible for the areas of corporate management, investor relations, corporate auditing, corporate communications and economic policy.
With effect from January 1, 2010, Prof. h.c. (CHN) Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. Ulrich Middelmann has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom by the Bonn District Court. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, who resigned his mandate on December 31, 2009. Middelmann has been Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp AG since October 2001. During this time he was Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG until September 2005 and was responsible for Controlling and Merger & Acquisitions as well as Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, Accounting and Financial Reporting until March 2009.
When Wulf von Schimmelmann resigned, it was said that he wanted to concentrate on his role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Deutsche Post AG, which is struggling with increased competition in the mail business.
Old cell phones for a good cause
- Old devices are refurbished or recycled
- Proceeds for the federal nature conservation and community foundations
Cell phones are in demand: every two years, technological progress outgrows a new generation of devices. Smartphones are particularly popular at the moment. In 2009, 4 million units of this type of device were sold across Germany - an increase of 150 percent compared to the previous year. At the same time, according to Bitkom, every German already has an average of 1.3 mobile phone contracts - both of which can be seen as an indication of a myriad of old models in the drawers of many users.
There is a market for refurbished cell phones in booming emerging countries such as India, China and the countries in Africa. India is currently growing by around 15.6 million mobile customers per month. And for these markets, old cell phones are carefully checked in the Vodafone recycling program and updated with the latest software.
The global device and resource development also shows a look at the statistics: In 2000 there were around 700 million mobile phone users, for 2009 the high-tech association Bitkom had forecast 4 billion users and the GSM Association (industrial association of mobile phone providers) estimates that for 2013 Number to around 6 billion. However, if you simply put your third or fourth cell phone in the drawer at home, you are depriving the raw material cycle of valuable resources, such as the semiconductor metal gallium, which is processed in microchips. According to an analysis by the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT), it is one of the sought-after high-tech raw materials. The IZT calls for such materials to be carefully recycled in order to counteract future bottlenecks.
Das Erste HD, ZDF HD and arte HD from February 2010 on Entertain
- 3 new HD channels for all Entertain customers with a VDSL connection
- The regular broadcast of Das Erste HD and ZDF HD will start on February 12, 2010 with the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
Telekom plans 3,500 new hires in 2010 / 3,300 apprenticeships also guaranteed
Good news for the German job market: Despite the economic crisis, Deutsche Telekom is planning up to 3,500 new hires this year, including around 1,400 university graduates and experts with professional experience. The remaining 2,100 offers are made available to internally trained junior staff, with a focus on graduates from dual telecommunications courses. In autumn of this year, Telekom, as one of the largest training companies in Germany, is also offering around 3,300 young people the opportunity to begin high-quality professional training within the Group.
"Against the background of the emerging dramatic shortage of skilled workers as well as the demographic and technological change, we must not oversleep the future," says Thomas Sattelberger, Deutsche Telekom's Chief Human Resources Officer, explaining the sustained high number of new hires. "Despite the economic crisis, we will continue to counter-cyclically balance the age structure of Telekom, bring new know-how into the company and enlarge our biotope for talent."
The external job market is primarily looking for software developers, business economists, product managers, business analysts and IT architects. The fact that a considerable number of professionals are to be hired for customer service underscores once again Telekom's claim to offer its customers the best service in the industry.
In addition, the company recruits up to 50 so-called high potentials for its newly created junior program (“Start up!”), Who functionally support their support program in a wide variety of corporate areas - from strategy to IT to finance and human resources complete.
Deutsche Telekom placed an important focus of personnel planning in 2010 on the internal promotion of young talent. 2,100 of the new positions to be filled in the company are offered to young people from their own training and study courses, emphasizes HR manager Sattelberger: "The promotion of our young 'homemade' talents is the key issue for the future of our company. My advice to other companies: If you want to harvest, you also have to sow, even in difficult times. "
The fact that Telekom has managed the field in which talent can develop and thrive, despite the crisis, is also reflected in the high number of apprenticeships. With around 3,300 training opportunities for 2010, Deutsche Telekom again takes its top position among the DAX 30 companies. Young people can be trained in 11 professions - from industrial clerks to dialog marketing clerks and systems clerks to IT specialists in application development.
In addition, the company has greatly expanded its range of dual study programs over the past few years. In 11 fields of study, 650 young people are currently completing a degree with a high degree of practical relevance at Telekom, thus laying the foundation for excellent professional development prospects. This year around 400 of these study places will be offered again. The 400 study places offered in 2010 for the 1st semester represent a doubling compared to 2008.
When it comes to the subject of “Bologna”, Telekom makes its educational claim clear. At the end of last year, for example, the company launched the “Bologna @ Telekom” program to offer suitable employees attractive prospects for promotion through part-time Bachelor and Master courses. This year it is planned to expand the range of courses to 18 courses at 5 selected universities, including the Group's own university for telecommunications in Leipzig. To this end, 200 more places are to be set up in addition to the 70 available places.
Telekom is not only the first German company to consistently implement the Bologna Process in-house, but is also increasingly becoming a “co-investor” in education, according to Thomas Sattelberger: “Companies have to make a solid contribution to education and have an influence on the content to take. We cannot leave that to politics and educational institutions alone. A big step in this direction is the expansion of our Leipzig University of Telecommunications into the Bologna University of Deutsche Telekom. ”
Deutsche Telekom wants to make broadband possible for more municipalities
- In 2009, Deutsche Telekom agreed 720 partnerships.
- Agreements of a similar magnitude are planned for 2010.
- In order to enable more broadband connections, the group is increasingly using wireless solutions in addition to fixed-line networks.
Also due to the federal and state funding programs, the interest of the municipalities in broadband internet is still very high: In 2009 Deutsche Telekom alone received around 9,000 specific inquiries. "We will continue to invest in rural areas in 2010 and plan to agree on a similar number of partnerships as in the previous year," emphasizes Niek Jan van Damme, Member of the Board of Management for Germany at Deutsche Telekom. Van Damme: "We keep our promises and support the goal of the federal government to push broadband expansion in Germany." However, with a market share of around 50 percent, Deutsche Telekom cannot expand 100 percent of the network on its own. Deutsche Telekom would therefore like to see competitors step up their efforts.
In order to enable broadband connections to more municipalities, the group will also increasingly rely on a combined technology approach in the future: "Where expansion via landline is too expensive, we are examining cellular or radio link solutions in order to be able to offer citizens fast Internet connections using alternative technologies," explains Ulrich Adams, board member responsible for broadband expansion in Germany. Transmission rates of up to 7.2 Mbit / s are possible via HSPA in mobile communications.
In total, Deutsche Telekom has already agreed more than 1,200 partnerships. In doing so, the group is committed to preventing the digital divide between metropolitan areas and rural areas. Where broadband expansion would be associated with losses due to low customer potential and high expansion costs, the Group makes the costs transparent to the municipalities and offers them partnerships. The municipalities can then participate in the expansion in different ways and thus cover the cost gap: For example, by providing any existing cable duct systems or empty conduits or by taking on the necessary civil engineering work. Alternatively, financial grants are possible. The main drivers of the costs are the civil engineering works, which amount to up to 50,000 euros per kilometer.
Background broadband expansion
Deutsche Telekom has invested around 10 billion euros in modern broadband infrastructure since 1999. Around 96 percent of their customers can use transmission rates of at least 384 kbit / s over the fixed network. Deutsche Telekom has equipped 50 cities with VDSL, which enables transmission rates of up to 50 Mbit / s. The group is also investing in increasing the bandwidth of classic DSL to up to 16 Mbit / s. More than 1,000 cities have been upgraded with ADSL2 + technology.
According to the annual report of the Federal Network Agency, 60 percent of households in Germany now use a broadband connection - that is significantly more than in other EU countries. In the first half of 2009 there were a total of 24.1 million broadband connections. A good 91 percent of these were DSL connections.
Deutsche Telekom offers free file exchange via homepage products
- Homepage customers can use their web storage space to exchange large data packets.
- High security, password-protected access for authorized users
- Deutsche Telekom is the only hosting provider to provide data exchange as a free service that is included in the website.
There is no file size limit with WebShare. This allows the application to come into play, for example, if the file volume exceeds the maximum limit for sending or receiving e-mail attachments. And this is how WebShare works: After the user has activated the application in the Deutsche Telekom HomepageCenter, he can use it to upload large files and make them available for safe and reliable download. To do this, he sends an e-mail form with a link from WebShare to the selected recipient (s). They can authenticate themselves with a password under the link and download the files provided.
As with Windows Explorer, the files in the WebShare storage can be managed in folders and easily moved - directly in the browser. Numerous help functions and setting options enable the homepage customer to automatically clean the storage space of files that are no longer needed, to be informed about all processes such as downloads or deleted files by e-mail or to receive files from authorized persons via WebShare. The design of the WebShare portal can easily be adapted to that of your own homepage. WebShare is available as an open source application. This means that homepage owners with programming knowledge can customize and change the portal as required.
In addition, Deutsche Telekom ensures optimum security. In contrast to free internet services for data exchange, there is no risk that the files provided are stored on any server: They are protected and reliably stored on the customer's web space in Deutsche Telekom's highly secure data center. By assigning a password and using the SSL encryption known from online banking, the transmission of data is more secure than sending it by e-mail.
Deutsche Telekom applies for charges for fiber optic infrastructure
- Applied for fees for access in the multifunctional housing, to cable duct systems and to unconnected optical fibers
- Simple and fair pricing models make it easier for competitors to calculate.
In December 2009, the Federal Network Agency determined what the wholesale products should look like, and Deutsche Telekom used this as a basis for its price calculation.
The prices in detail:
- Provision for access in the multifunctional housing: The price per month is a total of 173.32 euros.This price is divided by the number of slots used by telecommunications companies (including Deutsche Telekom). There are a maximum of 4 installation locations per multifunctional housing.
- Provision for access to cable duct systems: 43 cents per month per meter used for a quarter pipe.
- Provision for access to unconnected fiber optics: Use of 2 fibers for a route from the main distribution board, a flat rate of 353.96 euros per month.
Statistics: Telecommunications prices fell on an annual average in 2009
According to the Federal Statistical Office, the tariffs and prices for telephone services continued to fall in 2009. This means that there has been a consistent downward price trend line since the opening of the telephone market in 1998.
The consumer price index for telecommunications services was 2.4 percent below the level of 2008. The price index for telephone services in the fixed network / Internet in 2009 was 2.3 percent lower than in 2008. The competition in the complete offers also made itself felt. Mobile phones were cheaper on average in 2009 compared to 2008 by 2.5 percent. In addition to the pure call prices, the prices for mobile data services on cell phones also fell.
New online database from Axel-Springer Verlag - old articles report on student unrest in 1968
Anyone who has always enjoyed leafing through old news from the major news magazines will probably find what they are looking for with the new offer from Springer Verlag. Users can browse around 5,900 newspaper articles from 1966 to 1968 on the Internet at http://www.axelspringer.de/medienarchiv68. It is then primarily about the student movements.
All relevant contributions, comments, letters to the editor, caricatures, reports, glosses and interviews on the student movement were collected for the media archive68. The observation period extends from December 1966 to December 1968. The following media offers from the company at the time were evaluated: Berliner Morgenpost, BILD Berlin, B.Z., Die Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt, Welt am Sonntag, Bild am Sonntag. In addition, the coverage of these papers can also be compared with that of competing newspapers such as Der Tagesspiegel and Telegraf.
As a further service, the database contains content information for each article that has been edited and used to improve search results. A photo with the entire newspaper page can also be called up for each article in order to be able to find out more about the editorial environment of an article. The offer can be searched in many ways, for example by keywords, text type or placement. To make it easier to develop individual aspects, the articles have also been subdivided according to topic.
Survey: Seniors do without cell phones / Over half do not use a cell phone
Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of everyday life. However, not for all age groups. According to the industry association Bitkom, half of all people aged 65 and over in Germany have no cell phone at all. In the 50 to 64 age group, a quarter do not use a mobile phone.
There are now also senior-friendly cell phones with a large display and easy-to-use buttons. In addition, there are now a number of cell phones that are particularly easy to use. Some models concentrate on the basic functions of telephony and short messages and have a special emergency call button.
For the younger generation, the cell phone is now part of the basic equipment. Among the 30 to 49 year olds, only 8 percent do not have a mobile phone; among the 14 to 29 year olds it is only 3 percent. According to the Bitkom survey, it is now widespread that cell phone users own 2 or more cell phones. More than one fifth of all Germans have at least two cell phones. Among those under 50, almost 60 percent of those questioned have at least 2 cell phones, and a quarter even have 3 or more devices.
6 companies apply for mobile radio frequencies
An application for approval to auction frequencies in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz ranges for wireless network access to offer telecommunications services could be submitted to the Federal Network Agency by January 21, 2010 3 p.m. Up to this point, 6 companies have registered.
On March 5, the Federal Network Agency announced the result of the approval test. 4 companies were admitted:
- Erste MVV Mobilfunk Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (E-Plus)
- Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG
- T-Mobile Germany GmbH
- Vodafone D2 GmbH.
The cable network operator Kabel Baden-Württemberg GmbH & Co. KG fears that the future use of frequencies in the range of 800 MHz could lead to interference in the cable network, especially with the cable modems, receivers and set-top boxes connected to it. He therefore considers the allocation of frequencies to be illegal as long as there is no guarantee that such disruptions will not occur. For this reason, he has brought an action against the decision of the Federal Network Agency to assign these frequencies for mobile communications to the Cologne Administrative Court. The court rejected the application made at the same time to order the suspensive effect of the action with the aim of preventing the auction at the scheduled date.
At the Cologne Administrative Court there are five further lawsuits pending against the frequency auction by cable network operators and broadcasters, which are also based on feared technical disruptions due to the upcoming mobile use of the frequencies in the 800 MHz band. A decision has not yet been made on these lawsuits.
6 further lawsuits from companies that want to participate in the auction, but nevertheless consider them to be unlawful in full or at least because of individual auction terms and conditions, the court has scheduled an oral hearing for March 17, 2010.
The Federal Network Agency has scheduled the start of the auction for April 12, 2010, 1:00 p.m., in the Federal Network Agency's office building, Canisiusstrasse 21, 55122 Mainz.
Telekom and Huawei are cooperating in the development and marketing of M2M offers
Strong partnership for future-oriented telecommunications applications: Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH and Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH will jointly develop and market M2M solutions (M2M: Machine to Machine, mobile machine communication) in the future. The companies have agreed on this in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The M2M solutions are based on the products and services of the contractual partners. Huawei Co. Ltd, based in Shenzhen, China, is one of the world's leading providers of innovative solutions for next-generation telecommunications networks. For mobile machine communication, the company manufactures, among other things, modules that are particularly suitable for data transmission in the T-Mobile network.
"The cooperation agreement with Huawei is another important step in setting the course for our clear positioning in the M2M growth market," says Marc Büsgen, Head of Sales Development for Business Customers at T-Mobile Germany. "We are thus underlining our claim to offer both high-performance standard products and individual solutions that optimally meet specific and unusual customer requirements on the basis of our mobile broadband network with established international partners."
Peng Wei, President of the Deutsche Telekom Business Unit at Huawei Germany, explains: “By agreeing with our partners Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, we are sharpening our profile as a leading manufacturer in telecommunications in Germany and Europe. Our innovative products are the technical basis of professional M2M solutions, with the use of which the user can unlock convincing added value. "
In their Memorandum of Understanding, the partners agreed, among other things, on the acquisition of pilot customers for strategic projects, the joint identification and rapid development of new customer segments for M2M solutions. In addition, the partners want to develop joint offers as well as sales and business models.
Federal Network Agency imposed fines of half a million euros for unauthorized telephone advertising
The Federal Network Agency has now imposed fines in 6 proceedings for unauthorized telephone advertising. As a result, in December 2009 and January 2010, fines totaling EUR 500,000 were imposed in a total of 9 proceedings. For the first time, the Federal Network Agency is punishing violations of the ban on unauthorized telephone advertising and disregard of the obligation to display telephone numbers for advertising calls.
Since the amendments to the Act against Unfair Competition (UWG) and the Telecommunications Act (TKG) came into force on August 4, 2009, advertising calls without the consent of the person called and advertising calls with withheld numbers are considered administrative offenses. The fines that have now been imposed were imposed on both those who commissioned the advertising calls and the call centers that carried them out. In another fine case, the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
“The apparent disinterest of some companies in the long-standing legal ban on unauthorized telephone advertising is unacceptable. The regulations on advertising telephone calls apply without exception, ”said Matthias Kurth, President of the Federal Network Agency. “Consumers cannot be expected to gain competitive advantages based on telephone harassment. With these fines, we are sending a clear signal that we will not tolerate breaking the law. The commissioned companies in particular have an increased responsibility for compliance with legal regulations. "
Fines for unauthorized telephone advertising
In the specific cases, the companies fined had carried out unauthorized telephone advertising campaigns without the express consent of the person called or had commissioned call centers to carry out the advertising calls. A wide variety of services and products from the telecommunications, media and lottery winnings sectors were affected.
“Those who commission telephone advertising are not outside the law either. They behave illegally if they have telephone advertising campaigns carried out without having the necessary express and effective consent of the consumers in telephone advertising, ”emphasized Kurth. “I emphatically appeal to all advertisers - clients and call centers - to adhere to the legal requirements. We do not allow excuses. "
In the event of violations of the ban on unauthorized telephone advertising, the Federal Network Agency can impose fines of up to 50,000 euros under the UWG. The current fines were preceded by lengthy investigative work. “We would like to thank all consumers who have turned to the Federal Network Agency with well-presented complaints and tips,” Kurth emphasized. “From July to December 2009, over 28,000 complaints were received here due to unauthorized telephone advertising alone. Numerous investigations are still ongoing. "
Fines for forbidden number suppression
The number suppression for advertising calls was also relevant to fines. In this context, cases were punished with fines in which the number of the calling call center was not displayed or the advertising company displayed a number that had not been assigned to it. The false display, like the non-display of the phone number, conceals the identity of the caller. The Federal Network Agency can impose fines of up to 10,000 euros for advertising calls with withheld numbers.
No penalty for telephone announcements
In cases of so-called ping calls and telephone announcements, the fine of 50,000 euros for unauthorized telephone advertising cannot be imposed, even under the new legal situation. "In such cases, the Federal Network Agency protects consumers through numerous administrative measures under the Telecommunications Act, for example in the form of number deactivation and billing and collection bans," said Kurth.
Quality of the ads
The Federal Network Agency can only intervene against unauthorized telephone advertising if the violations are reported to it in a detailed and comprehensible manner. Unclear complaints, such as incoherent, uncommented call lists or only vague information about calls received, often lead to no result. Since the breach of law takes place in the telephone conversation with consumers, the Federal Network Agency is dependent on precise information from these consumers concerned. This should include: precise information about the date and time of the call and the phone number displayed, if any. For the investigation work - if known - the specific names of the callers, advertised products and services as well as information about the calling or advertising company are helpful. Since complainants may also have to be heard as witnesses, the Federal Network Agency also requires the complainant's full address details. “Consumers can protect themselves as a precaution by being economical and careful with their data in everyday life. This is particularly true when specifying the telephone number, ”explained Kurth.
Federal Administrative Court: Telekom does not have to open the VDSL network completely
In the dispute with competitors over access to the high-speed Internet via the VDSL network, Deutsche Telekom ultimately achieved partial success. On January 28, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturned an order from the Federal Network Agency, according to which the group must open its VDSL network to competitors under certain conditions. With a reasonable effort, Telekom's competitors could lay their own fiber optic networks between main distributors and cable distributors and thus free themselves from Telekom's technical dependency, the court said (BVerwG 6 C 22.08).
However, Telekom must provide companies with access to the cable distributors and cable channels. The cable distributors are those gray boxes from which the telephone network leads over the so-called last mile to the house connection. The Federal Network Agency had also obliged the industry leader to give competitors access to fiber optics if cable channels were not available in sufficient quantities. The judges have now overturned this obligation.
Telekom was highly satisfied with the verdict: "The Senate has emphasized that the optical fibers are investments in a new network that are worth protecting and must be given greater consideration by the Federal Network Agency," said a Telekom spokesman. A few days earlier, the company had applied to the authorities for all 3 components - access to the cable distributor, cable ducts and unconnected fiber optics - charges. A spokesman for the Federal Network Agency announced that it would examine the judgment of the Federal Administrative Court. Then a decision will be made on how to proceed. It is not yet clear whether the authority will issue a new order. The fee application of the Telekom for the access to the glass fiber will not be pursued further, it said.
Lifestyle in the car: the apps are conquering the road: Telekom and Continental enter into a technology partnership
With Deutsche Telekom and Continental, two heavyweights are teaming up to bring the infotainment services that were previously only available in the premium class to small and medium-sized cars. The aim is to bring the Internet and special applications (apps) for drivers as standard equipment in all vehicle classes. To this end, both companies are pooling their automotive expertise in a technology partnership. At CeBIT 2010 in Hanover, a prototype of this idea under the name AutoLinQ could be seen in a VW Passat CC at the Deutsche Telekom stand.
The solution is clearly based on the principle of the iPhone: The ease of use of this phone and its many mini programs, so-called apps, have set standards that are now also finding their way into the car. AutoLinQ helps vehicle manufacturers to differentiate themselves more strongly in the market by consolidating brand loyalty through offers for entertainment and information.
Continental has specially developed a cockpit computer for the mini-programs that uses the Android operating system developed by Google. The apps “run” on this cockpit computer either as permanently installed programs or via a special browser that calls up the data on an Internet platform. T-Systems, the corporate customer division of Deutsche Telekom, combines information and communication technology for this in such a way that the Internet and mini-programs are also available while driving. The latest results from T-Labs, the central research and development facility of Deutsche Telekom, have also been incorporated into this solution.
At CeBIT, the partners showed, among other things, apps for music search and download via the Telekom service Musicload as well as for the news service from T-Online. E-mails can also be received in the car, read out and answered by voice recording without having to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. The core functions of AutoLinQ also include the online address book with a link to the navigation system. The driver can type in travel destinations before starting the journey on his home computer, at work or on the mobile phone while on the move. The connection of the vehicle to the Deutsche Telekom cellular network also enables partial remote control: for example, drivers can be shown where their vehicle is or check whether the sunroof is really closed and then close it directly via cell phone.
Vodafone Germany with stable business in a difficult market environment
- 144,000 new mobile contract customers in the third quarter of the business year
- DSL business and mobile data services with sustainable growth
- Decline in service revenue across all divisions reduced to 2.8 percent
Fritz Joussen, CEO Vodafone Germany: “We have been able to stabilize business noticeably in this difficult environment. Our course, investments in customer acquisition and absolute discipline in cost management, are beginning to have an effect. We will consistently continue on this path in 2010 in order to re-orient the company towards sustainable growth. We will reduce costs, become leaner, faster and therefore more efficient. "
In the reporting period from October to December 2009, service sales across all divisions amounted to EUR 2.203 billion. Compared to the same period of the previous year, this corresponds to a decrease of 2.8 percent. In addition to regulatory effects, the development continued to be caused by the macroeconomic situation, which is affecting customers' travel behavior and generating less roaming revenue. Compared to the previous quarter, however, service sales increased across all divisions. Despite the difficult and economically challenging environment, the business customer segment recorded positive development. The division was able to improve sales by more than 1 percent compared to the previous year. Joussen: "The acquisition of important major customers in various industrial sectors and in the area of public clients shows that the position as an integrated telecommunications provider has opened up new market opportunities that we are using in a targeted manner."
DSL business important pillar of growth
The number of DSL customers increased by 130,000 in the 3rd quarter of 2009/2010. Including the wholesale segment, the number of customers rose by 189,000. A total of more than 3.7 million customers use the Vodafone DSL offer. Joussen: “It is becoming apparent that, as in the previous quarter, we were able to convince every third DSL customer of the quality of our DSL product and services. We are thus expanding our lead as the leading private DSL provider in Germany. " The service revenue of the entire fixed line division was at 553 million euros, 4.1 percent above the previous year's figure (531 million euros).
Dynamic growth in data services continues
The mobile data services are asserting themselves as a sustainable and dynamic growth pillar for the group. In the reporting period, the division recorded an increase in sales of 17.7 percent compared to the previous year and generated 292 million euros. In December 2009, sales climbed above the 100 million euro mark for the first time within a month. The SuperFlat tariffs, which are already used by more than 3.6 million customers, made a particular contribution to this. That is 60 percent more than in the previous year. In addition, around 300,000 smartphones were sold in the quarter under review.
More mobile contract customers
As in the previous quarter, the number of mobile phone contract customers increased. 144,000 new contracts were signed in the 3rd quarter of 2009/2010. However, the total number of mobile phone customers fell to 34.625 million compared to the previous year. Inactive customers whose prepaid cards have been booked out are responsible for the minus. A total of around 38.3 million mobile, landline and DSL customers used Vodafone's services in Germany in the reporting period.
|Vodafone: The most important key figures at a glance *|
|2nd quarter 2009/10||3rd quarter 2008/09||change|
vs. Previous year
|Cellular customers||34.625 million||34.540 million||36.169 million||-4,2%|
|DSL customers||3.707 million|
(including 299,000 wholesale)
|3.518 million||3.041 million||+21,9%|
|Total sales||2.297 billion euros||2.273 billion euros||2.398 billion euros||-4,3%|
|Total service revenue||2.203 billion euros||2.187 billion euros||2.266 billion euros||-2,8%|
|Fixed line service revenue||553 million euros||528 million euros||531 million euros||+4,1%|
|Mobile service revenue||1.650 billion euros||1.659 billion euros||1.735 billion euros||-4,9%|
|Data turnover without SMS / MMS||292 million euros||278 million euros||248 million euros||+17,7%|
|Data turnover without SMS / MMS|
as a share of service revenue from mobile communications
|13,3%||16,8%||10,9%||+ 2.4% pts|
|Cellular ARPU (sales customer / month)||15.8 euros||15.9 euros||16.2 euros||-2,4%|
|Cell phone minutes||12.1 billion||11.8 billion||11.8 billion||+1,9%|
|Cell phone minutes customer / month||118 min.||111 min.||111 min.||+7 min.|
* Deviations due to rounding possible
1 Consolidated comparative figures for the previous year: Vodafone Deutschland and Arcor AG
New tariff from o.tel.o: Call and surf the Internet for 9 cents per minute in all German networks and in 32 foreign landline networks
On February 1, 2010 o.tel.o started with a new tariff offer: "o.tel.o Prepaid". The central element is the uniform price of 9 cents per minute, at which customers can use various voice, data and messaging services within Germany in D-Netz quality. Telephone calls from the home network to numerous foreign landlines are also possible at this price. With o.tel.o prepaid, o.tel.o customers can make phone calls within Germany for 9 cents per minute. SMS to all German networks are also billed per short message at this price. If the o.tel.o customer misses incoming calls, he can reach his mailbox to listen to voice messages left in Germany free of charge.
Mobile surfing with the cell phone can also be done at UMTS speed for 9 cents per minute. Billing takes place every 60 seconds. Calls from Germany to 32 foreign landlines are also possible at 9 cents per minute. These include European countries such as France, Great Britain, Spain and Poland, but also more distant countries such as China, Russia, Thailand and Japan. Calls to foreign mobile networks are billed at 1.49 euros per minute.
E-World 2010: Deutsche Telekom offers a complete solution for the energy market
- Reading, processing and presentation of consumption data
- Smart Metering & Home Management meets all legal requirements.
- Web portal enables analysis of energy consumption.
A web portal shows the consumption and integrates seamlessly into the existing websites of utility companies. In this way, utilities receive an instrument for the targeted segmentation and addressing of customer groups. Customers analyze their consumption every quarter of an hour in the energy cockpit. This enables them to consciously control their behavior and uncover hidden energy guzzlers. Experts estimate that this can save up to 15 percent of electricity costs.
The solution is not only aimed at energy suppliers, but also at operators and service providers for measuring points, building management, chain stores and the housing industry. The modular concept can be flexibly tailored to the needs of the respective company and its customer groups. Predefined interfaces ensure easy integration into existing systems. Deutsche Telekom offers all associated consulting services, individual design and implementation, support and, if necessary, the operation of the solution.
Tenants and homeowners in T-City Friedrichshafen and Karlsruhe are already using the advantages of the new offer. Technischen Werke Friedrichshafen and Telekom have already supplied several hundred households with the smart metering solution. By the end of 2010, a total of 2,600 households are expected to use the technology. In Karlsruhe, Telekom expanded the application together with the housing company Volkswohnung GmbH and integrated it into a service portal for tenants. Tenants in their apartments not only use touchscreens to call up information on current electricity consumption, but also report any damage to the caretaker, order medication from the pharmacy or find out about local transport timetables.
Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection and BITKOM: better protect online data
The protection of personal data on the Internet is one of the “most important core tasks of politics and business”. This was emphasized by Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner and BITKOM Executive Committee member Prof. Dieter Kempf at a press conference on February 9, 2010 in Berlin. Modern digital technologies would only have a real chance if the interests of consumers were also comprehensively protected. On the occasion of “Safer Internet Day”, the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) jointly organized the conference “Security and data protection - who bears which responsibility?”.
"The Internet is not a legal vacuum. Personal data are personal property and must remain so, ”said Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner. "Only those who can rely on the fact that their own data are comprehensively protected in the network will use the digital offers of the economy." The Federal Ministry of Consumers and BITKOM have put together the most important tips for consumers on data protection and security on the Internet.
“Some give away their whole life without hesitation - including the most intimate information. And others do not do online shopping or internet banking for fear of being spied on. Politics, business and consumers must work together to ensure that private data on the web is safe, ”said BITKOM board member Prof. Dieter Kempf.
Aigner and Kempf appealed to consumers to only release their data on the Internet after careful examination: “Internet users should pay close attention to whom they pass on their e-mail address or whether they pass on their personal data to online services consent. "
According to a current Forsa survey on behalf of BITKOM, 40 percent of Germans aged 14 and over, that is 28 million German citizens, published personal information such as profiles, pictures and thoughts on the Internet. In 2008 it was only 23 percent. Profiles are particularly popular in Internet communities. 60 percent of all Internet users are members of “communities”. Among the 14 to 29 year olds, 9 out of 10 surfers are active in communities.
Some of the Internet users also deliberately provide false information. Every fourth surfer aged 14 and over enters untrue data, according to the survey by BITKOM and Forsa. That corresponds to 12 million Germans. Most often, name and age are given incorrectly. "First and foremost, false information is a defense reaction to numerous data queries on the Internet," said Prof. Kempf. Many users want to remain anonymous in this way. 58 percent of users who give false information are suspicious of having to divulge so much personal information. 10 percent cited the reason for incorrect information that they want to look around for a new partner without being recognized. "As in real life, web surfers need a healthy level of suspicion," says Kempf. "Precisely because you don't look your counterpart in the face, you shouldn't believe everything."
However, false information is only conditionally a protection against data misuse. BMELV and BITKOM recommend using data sparingly as a matter of principle. Only information that is really necessary to use the services should be given in forms. In many networks, data protection can be set individually - for example, by making photos or contact details only accessible to acquaintances. Carefully chosen passwords and current PC security programs are also important.
Federal Minister Aigner and the high-tech association BITKOM agreed that data protection law must be further adapted to digital developments. Federal Minister Aigner called for consumer rights to be strengthened: “The principle that data can only be used with the consent of those affected must be further strengthened. Anyone who posts personal data on the Internet should, in principle, also retain the right to delete them again. We need copy protection so that content cannot be copied and posted elsewhere on the Internet. Internet browsers should also have privacy and security-friendly default settings so that users do not have to be active if they do not want their data to be passed on. "
"Data and consumer protection on the web must not remain a patchwork quilt," demanded Kempf. “Today, several laws often regulate the same issues. A comprehensive adaptation of data protection and media law to the Web 2.0 era is necessary. Superficial changes after cases of data abuse were not enough. In addition, it is important to use existing sanction options. Prof. Kempf: "The problem on the Internet is less a lack of law than a lack of law enforcement."
BITKOM welcomed the “Data Protection Foundation” planned by the Federal Government. "A data protection foundation can further promote the level of information of the citizens and make suggestions for a modern data protection law", said Prof. Kempf. "At the same time, it can develop a voluntary data protection check for business offers." This could award companies that are particularly committed to data protection. Aigner emphasized that comparative tests could significantly improve the transparency of the data protection practice of various offers. Several projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection are already helping consumers protect their data:
- The youth campaign “Watch your Web” sensitizes young people to the sensitive handling of personal data and shows in concrete terms how the visibility of one's own profile can be set in the various Internet communities (communities). The campaign page has been accessed over 1.6 million times so far. The campaign financed by the Federal Ministry of Consumers and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs is also supported by BITKOM.
- The information portal http://www.verbübers-icher-online.de of the Technical University of Berlin, funded by the BMELV, offers practical tips and instructions on how users can set up their computers securely and protect their data step by step. The users also learn how they can convert music they have purchased for their MP3 player and what is allowed. Here you can also find an overview of many other offers relating to computer and internet skills for a wide variety of target groups.
- On the website http://www.surfer-haben-rechte.de, consumers can find out what data protection, contract law and copyright law mean for them in everyday online life. Consumers can also report black sheep here. This website of the Federation of German Consumer Organizations is also funded by the BMELV.
BITKOM also publishes its own consumer information and participates in the “Germany Safe in the Network” initiative, on whose advisory board the BMELV is also represented. The initiative is a joint project of several associations, companies and institutions under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Here, companies, private users and young people can get tips on how to surf safely. BITKOM is also a founding member of the “Ein Netz für Kinder” initiative.
The consumer association criticizes the encryption of private channels in the cable network
While ARD and ZDF will start with free-to-air HDTV from the Winter Olympics and the high-resolution television image will also be fed into the cable networks, users of the private broadcasters will not get an HD television image so easily: They only feed in encrypted HD images.
The consumer advice center criticizes the encrypted feed of the private broadcasters with the HD television pictures. While the public broadcasters can be received by an HD-capable cable receiver, the TV viewer has to purchase special cable receivers for HDTV in the private sector. The viewer has to dispose of the newly purchased receiver because it is only suitable for receiving unencrypted HD broadcasts. It is also to be foreseen - according to the consumer advice center - that RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 want to ensure the same restrictions when broadcasting via cable that they have already enforced when broadcasting via the HD + satellite platform. This includes the use of a new generation of receivers, which is not yet on the market. The large private broadcasters want to use the entry into HDTV distribution to control the domestic handling of their programs. In the case of HDTV broadcast via satellite, for example, RTL and Co. allow recording via hard disk recorder, but block the fast forward with appropriate signals in order to prevent advertising blocks from being skipped.
CeBIT: T-Systems shows new solutions for the networked working world
- For the first time, complete applications and VoIP functions from the network
- Internet in the car is conquering small and medium-sized cars.
- SAP on the smartphone for customer care on the go
Voice over IP and SAP systems at the click of a mouse
In the future, companies will not only draw computing and storage power dynamically from the network. As a new offering from the Dynamic Services series, T-Systems is providing a service portal through which customers can order Voice-over-IP services and entire SAP systems themselves as required. Companies no longer need to invest in their own telephone systems or SAP infrastructure. All services can be called up immediately over the network without waiting. If users need more or fewer resources than before, they can increase or reduce the amount and duration simply and quickly with a click of the mouse. This means that the costs always run parallel to business development and can be calculated transparently in advance.
“With the cloud computing model Dynamic Services, companies achieve a high level of flexibility in their business processes around the world,” says Reinhard Clemens, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom and CEO of T-Systems. “Instead of designing the ICT from the outset for maximum load for sporadic demand peaks and thus tying up an unnecessarily large amount of capital, the infrastructure grows or shrinks completely in sync with the requirements. Overall, this leaves a larger budget for strategic investments in the core business. "
“Apps” for the car
With flexible online applications, users use Internet functions in the car. They connect the personalized “apps” with all private and professional data and applications. For example, e-mails can be received in the car, read out and answered by voice recording - without having to take your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road. In addition, the applications continuously supply drivers with weather information and navigation data. You can enter your travel destination on your computer or mobile phone before you set off. Thanks to combined information and communication technology, reception remains stable even at high speeds. By connecting the vehicle to the Deutsche Telekom cellular network, drivers can also close the sunroof remotely via cell phone. CeBIT visitors were able to try out the apps themselves in the vehicle.
"The solution developed jointly by Continental, T-Laboratories and T-Systems can be easily integrated into any vehicle environment," says Reinhard Clemens. “It therefore enables infotainment services now also in small and medium-sized cars as standard equipment. This makes the Internet completely mobile. "
Customer care via smartphone
For the first time, a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system can also be installed on the smartphone for customer care and used securely worldwide. T-Systems, Sybase and SAP have jointly developed a mobile solution for this. If the smartphone is lost, all information is retained as it is stored in the data center. The device itself can be reset to its delivery status remotely.
"All over the world, more and more people are working on the move and are using the cloud to access applications and data in the data center with their smartphones," said the T-Systems boss. “T-Systems offers everything from a single source: data centers, broadband networks as well as suitable solutions, services and the necessary security. And the users decide when and from where to work depending on their needs. "
The “Secure Mobile Communication” (SiMKo 2) solution, for example, protects mobile data communication with smartphones. According to the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), it is suitable for use within the scope of the VS-NfD level of confidentiality (classified information - only for official use). SiMKo 2 meets the highest requirements for real end-to-end security. Personal data never leaves the customer infrastructure; User data such as e-mails, calendar and contacts are encrypted. The Federal Ministry of the Interior has already ordered several thousand high-security smartphones for around 350 federal organizations.
"SiMKo 2 enables high-ranking politicians and officials working on the move without sacrificing security," says Reinhard Clemens. “Of course, private companies also benefit from the solution when information in mobile communication requires a high level of protection. Security is becoming increasingly important here because attackers are using increasingly sophisticated tools. "
Deutsche Telekom brings the Winter Olympics live to mobile phones
- MobileTV will show the entire Eurosport broadcast of the Vancouver Winter Olympics from February 12th to 28th, 2010.
- Comprehensive live coverage with more than 400 hours of broadcast
- Eurosport is part of the MobileTV basic package.
The MobileTV basic package costs 7.50 euros for a monthly subscription or 2 euros for daily access, which is valid for 24 hours. A total of 400 broadcast hours of the Olympic events are planned, of which up to 15 hours a day live. Current news formats as well as time-delayed transmissions of the most important decisions and competitions that have run in parallel and not shown live round off the Olympic program.
In addition to Eurosport, the MobileTV basic package offers more than a dozen channels with entertainment, news, music, comedy and series. With LIGA total! Deutsche Telekom brings the entire Bundesliga live to your mobile phone for EUR 4.95 per month. A UMTS-capable device and a T-Mobile SIM card are required to use the MobileTV service.
Sales perfect: HanseNet is now part of Telefónica
Following the approval of the European Commission under antitrust law, the contract for the purchase of HanseNet has now been concluded and HanseNet / Alice is now part of Telefónica.
"O2 and Alice complement each other perfectly. With Alice, O2 in Germany to advance its strategy of integrated telecommunications much faster and to further accelerate its growth path, ”reported Telefónica on February 16. “The winners are the customers. You benefit from a comprehensive range of mobile and landline networks. In March 2010, Alice products will be launched in the first O2 Shops planned ”. "We warmly welcome the HanseNet employees," said René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica O.2 Germany. “Together we will change the German telecommunications market. We stand for innovation, growth and progress. "
HanseNet will continue to be run as a separate company with headquarters in Hamburg and will control the DSL business from there under the Alice brand. "With over 2 million customers and annual sales of over 1 billion euros, HanseNet is one of the largest DSL providers in Germany," said Schuster.
HanseNet Telekommunikation GmbH was founded in Hamburg in 1995. HanseNet operates a state-of-the-art communications network for 2.282 million private and business customers and offers mobile communications, landline networks as well as broadband and Internet services from a single source. In the past few years, sales increased from 161.1 million euros (2004) to 1.190 billion euros (2008). Alice is the DSL brand from HanseNet.
T-Mobile will start the data turbo with 42 Mbit / s this year
As the company announced at the trade fair in Barcelona, the mobile communications provider T-Mobile intends to use HSPA + to increase the data speed for mobile surfing to up to 42 Mbit / s in 2010. The high speed applies to the current UMTS network, which is tuned using HSPA + (High Speed Packet Access).
Visitors to the T-Mobile Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona were able to experience HD streaming of videos on YouTube and MySpace using the fast LTE technology, which is still in the test phase. In addition, visitors were able to test a live video connection between the exhibition stand in Barcelona, a car in Innsbruck and the Deutsche Telekom headquarters in Bonn. To use LTE, you need an appropriate cell phone that supports LTE.
Using LTE communication technology, it is possible to transfer very large amounts of data in the most cost- and energy-efficient way possible. To this end, optimizations were made in the use of frequencies, through which transmission speeds can be achieved that previously could only be achieved with fiber optic technology in the fixed network. With LTE, for example, data rates of over 100 Mbit / s when receiving and over 50 Mbit / s when sending are possible. This offers an alternative to the already fast VDSL with 50 Mbits / s.
O2 will equip its cell phones with navigation software
Navigation software will soon be standard on most cell phones in the near future. With Navteq, the manufacturer Nokia is offering a navigation system that can be used free of charge on its new cell phones. On the Android platform, Google Maps should increasingly displace the navigation system competitors. Now the cell phone provider O2 announced that from the end of March 2010 O2 will be equipped with a complete navigation system from Telmap.
Telmap navigation is a so-called off-board navigation system from Telmap. The route data and the required map material are not on the device itself, but are automatically downloaded from a server on the Internet. The data is always up to date. However, this solution has the disadvantage that users should always book a suitable data tariff when using the navigation system. However, the system then also accesses the ADAC traffic jam reports so that users are always kept up-to-date on the traffic situation.
Kabel Deutschland with up to 100 Mbit / s for broadband connections
The cable network operator Kabel Deutschland starts in Hamburg with new speed records in the cable network. Data rates of up to 100 Mbits / s are now possible in the Hanseatic city. New customers can choose between 100 Mbit / s and 60 Mbit / s for surfing the Internet. Kabel Deutschland intends to expand its offering to Berlin, Hanover and Munich within the next 6 months and to the entire distribution area over the next 12 months.
The maximum speed of 100 Mbit / s is currently available at a monthly price of 42.90 euros for the minimum contract period of 12 months. Thereafter, € 49.90 per month will be charged. The “Package Comfort 60” tariff is available for 32.90 euros per month with a download speed of up to 60 Mbit / s. After the minimum contract period of 12 months has expired, the price is 39.90 euros. Both products also include a telephone flat rate with 2 lines for free calls to the German landline network.
For products with speeds of up to 100 Mbit / s and 60 Mbit / s, the local switching nodes, the so-called Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), and the local distribution network to the customer are now being prepared for DOCSIS 3.0.
Kabel Deutschland currently operates the cable networks in 13 federal states and supplies more than 9 million connected TV households in Germany.
Alice with IPTV in HD quality
With ARD and ZDF, the telecommunications provider Hansenet also launched its IPTV in HD quality via its DSL brand Alice for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. The prerequisites for this are an HD-capable television set, the Alice HD Media Receiver and HD availability in the Alice network.
Alice has the “Tagesschau in 100 seconds” for immediate access on the TV set. There is also a weather information service. A location can be selected from over 50 German cities, the current weather of which is displayed on the Alice TV homepage. A weather forecast for the next 7 days can be called up for these cities at any time in the weather menu. This service is made available automatically and free of charge to all IPTV customers.
Mobile Internet with high growth rates
The internet is conquering cell phones more and more. Market observers speak of a new era facing mobile phone users. Cell phones are increasingly becoming powerful mini-computers with super-fast Internet connections and services that are tailored to the respective interests and whereabouts. The downside: In the opinion of the experts, the explosion in mobile data traffic means that network operators will no longer be able to afford unlimited flat-rate tariffs in the future.
At the most important trade fair for the mobile communications industry, the Mobile World Congress, which took place in Barcelona in February, mobile network operators made no secret of their fear of being reduced to the role of a data pipeline. They do not want to build complicated and complex networks for billions of euros and dollars, which providers of data services and programs such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and others use to make the big money.
The tills at Google, Apple and Co. have long been ringing. With small additional programs for the mobile phone that enable a wide variety of additional functions, the so-called apps, the providers turn over millions, even though many of these apps are currently still free.
Call minutes still make up the lion's share of mobile communications. But prices and sales are falling. The sustained strong access to data customers is bringing new income to the network operators. But you also have to invest billions in more powerful networks. An average smartphone user produces as much data traffic as 30 customers with conventional cell phones, calculated Terry Ahn from the South Korean network operator KT. In the case of a notebook with Internet access, the data volume is even 450 times higher.
The mobile network operators are placing their hopes in the next mobile radio standard, LTE (Long Term Evolution). The supplier Ericsson demonstrated with LTE transmission rates of up to 1 gigabit per second - 1000 times that of a simple DSL line. The LTE structure is cheaper than its predecessor, UMTS, because the UMTS base stations can be used. Worldwide, however, the LTE expansion costs are estimated to be a further 20 billion US dollars by 2014.
Deutsche Telekom increases profitability and achieves financial targets for 2009
- Strong performance in Germany and at T-Systems
- OTE contributes 2 billion euros to the Group's adjusted EBITDA.
- The management board and the supervisory board propose a dividend of EUR 0.78.
The consolidation of the Greek OTE since February has had a decisive influence on the figures. For the year as a whole, OTE contributed 5.4 billion euros to sales and 2.0 billion euros to adjusted EBITDA. The synergies amount to an annualized amount of 105 million euros and are thus above plan. The free cash flow for the year as a whole was at the target level of EUR 7.0 billion and only 0.9 percent below the value of 2008.
Adjusted consolidated net income was 3.4 billion euros, 1.1 percent below the previous year's figure. Unadjusted, consolidated net income was significantly lower than in the previous year at EUR 0.4 billion. Impairments on goodwill in Great Britain and Southeast Europe totaling 2.3 billion euros had a decisive influence here.
"After a bumpy start, we ended 2009 with good results," said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.“Cost discipline was an important component in order to survive in economically difficult times. We did not save at the expense of the future, but continued to invest heavily. "
The “Save for Service” efficiency program has brought savings of 5.9 billion euros since it was launched in 2006, which is more than originally planned. In continuation of the program, the cost base is now to be reduced by a further 4.2 billion euros gross by 2012. The austerity efforts in 2009 helped to partially compensate for negative influences. These included the effects of the economy such as lower roaming revenues, regulatory decisions such as lower mobile termination rates in some countries and also increased tax burdens for telecommunications services and burdens from changes in exchange rates. At the same time, the Group invested 9.2 billion euros in cash capex last year, 5.7 percent more than in 2008.
Business in Germany developed particularly well. While the goals of 45 percent market share among new DSL customers and 1 million Entertain packages marketed were achieved in the fixed network, the German mobile communications business expanded its position as the market leader. T-Systems' business developed exceptionally well. The most important profitability indicator in the systems business, the adjusted EBIT margin (earnings before interest and taxes), rose from 0.7 to 2.6 percent in the past year thanks to continued efficiency improvements.
The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board have decided to propose an unchanged dividend of EUR 0.78 per share to the Annual General Meeting. As in the previous year, the dividend for 2009 will also be tax-free in Germany. In view of the ongoing economic uncertainties, Deutsche Telekom expects EBITDA of around EUR 20 billion and free cash flow of around EUR 6.2 billion for the current financial year.
The development of the operating segments at a glance:
The domestic fixed-line and mobile communications business of Deutsche Telekom was consistently successful. A 3.7 percent decline in sales to EUR 25.4 billion for the year as a whole was offset by a decline in adjusted EBITDA of just 1.6 percent to EUR 9.6 billion. This resulted in an improved margin compared to 2008 from 37.0 to 37.7 percent.
In the fixed line segment, connection losses and a decline in connection charges resulted in an expected decline in revenue of 5.3 percent compared to 2008. At the same time, adjusted EBITDA only fell by 2.4 percent. A DSL new customer market share of just over 45 percent and more than 1 million Entertain packages marketed underline the operational strength of the fixed-line business. The number of connection losses fell to 417,000 in the fourth quarter, the lowest level in a quarter since the end of 2005. For the year as a whole, 2.1 million connection losses were recorded, almost 17 percent less than in 2008.
The German mobile communications business is back on course for growth. In 2009 as a whole, sales grew by 0.5 percent to 8.1 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA remained constant over the full year; in the fourth quarter, however, it increased by 16 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. T-Mobile Deutschland succeeded in significantly expanding its market leadership in service revenues. The growth field of mobile data revenues, which increased by 46 percent to almost 1 billion euros in 2009, contributed to this. The success of the valuable growth is also evident in the increased share of the contract segment in the total number of customers. At the end of the year, Deutsche Telekom had 17.2 million mobile contract customers in Germany, 1.1 percent more than at the end of 2008.
T-Mobile USA was exposed to increased competitive pressure in the past fiscal year. As a result, the US mobile communications subsidiary recorded a decline in sales compared to 2008 by 1.6 percent to 21.5 billion dollars and a decline in adjusted EBITDA of 4.5 percent to 5.9 billion dollars. On a euro basis, the figures turned out somewhat better: Here there was an increase in sales of 3.4 percent and a slight increase in adjusted EBITDA of 0.5 percent. The number of customers increased by 1 million in 2009 and amounted to 33.8 million at the end of the year. After losing 77,000 customers in the third quarter, T-Mobile USA returned to growth in the fourth quarter with 371,000 net new customers.
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