Timeline I Telekom Europa
Timeline I Telekom Europa
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Digital transmission

Field test for digital television

In the Vidinet research project Telekom tested the possibility of a shared transmission system for terrestrial television via antenna, satellite and cable. This laid the foundation for our current high-performance data transfer, without which HDTV transmissions would be inconceivable today.
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Digital submarine cable

The first fiber optic submarine cable system

Germany and Sweden are moving closer together. The first digital submarine cable system between the two countries carries more than 15,000 phone calls simultaneously. The approximately 400 kilometers of laid cables were one of the longest unboosted fiber optic cable systems in the world at the time.
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Tunnel telephony

Great reception even below ground

No more cut off calls in tunnels: Munich’s first commuter railroad tunnel becomes cell phone ready. At a length of 4.6 kilometers the tunnel is fully integrated in Telekom’s network – right in the heart of the city.
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DT in Poland

Cell phone license acquired

Telekom grows and spreads in Eastern Europe. With a license to build a digital GSM cell phone network in Poland, we succeeded in taking the next step to becoming an international operator. Telekom had already gained a foothold in Hungary and Austria.


Phone calls on the ski slopes

Austria gets its first GSM mobile network. And reception was going uphill even when going downhill: thanks to T-Mobil you could even make phone calls on the ski slopes.
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Pilot DVB-T

Digital technology and television

Together with RTL Telekom is testing digital terrestrial television. The result was broadcast quality without interference that was impressive at the time.

Video stream

First video stream via T-Online

Media libraries and video databases are taken for granted these days. Their foundations were laid back in 1997. For the first time Telekom enabled access to the latest movie clips in real time via the Internet. In other words – video streaming.
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DSL pilot project

Start of a new multimedia era

The first broadband services begin testing in selected areas of Germany. 400 home and business users enjoy data rates of up to eight megabits per second.
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40 GB per second over 186 km

High speed on the information superhighway. Telekom’s fiber-optic network manages to transfer huge amounts of data in seconds – 40 GB per second over a distance of 186 kilometers. This is the equivalent amount of data as 625,000 simultaneous phone calls. An amazing achievement at a time when many computers still had a floppy drive.

Start of T-DSL

Launch of high-speed DSL Internet

After a successful trial the previous year, DSL is now available in over 50 locations for private and business users. A must-have if you want to take advantage of the web’s growing possibilities – 3D animations, video streaming and much more.

Submarine cable

The world’s longest submarine cable

It’s called SEA-ME-WE 3 and is 38,000 kilometers long. The longest, active submarine cable in the world! From Germany to Australia it connects 33 countries with each other. It’s hard to believe but the cable is so long it would stretch almost all the way around the globe. Such a mighty cable costs a lot of money, of course. Telekom is the largest single investor and has sunk 100 million deutschmarks in this two billion mark project.


The network continues to grow

With its 35 per cent stake in the Croatian telecommunications operator Hrvatske, Telekom is expanding its network in Europe. Thanks to other joint ventures – including in the Czech Republic and Hungary – Telekom’s international presence is growing significantly.
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Telekom goes UK

With its 100% takeover of the British telecommunications company One2One, Telekom has achieved another strategic move in one of Europe’s most important communications markets. This also includes the acquisition of a British UMTS license.


The rise to global GSM provider

Not only in Europe is Telekom strengthening its position. Strategic partnerships are being established in the United States too. Cell phone operator VoiceStream is acquired for $50.7 billion.


Majority holding in eastern European companies

Telekom increases its share in Hungarian telecommunications company Matav to 60%. We also take a majority holding in Slovakia’s Slovenske telekomunikácie.

UMTS license

Investment in a successful future

Telekom purchases the UMTS license for the German market for DM16.7 billion. As such, the company sets the course for the coming years in the mobile multimedia world.
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Start of GPRS

Data volume-based charging for the first time

The launch of GPRS (general packet radio service) in Germany. Instead of per minute, blocks of data are now divided into and billed as packets. Today this has long been the standard – back then it was an innovative step into the future.


International presence is growing

The next milestone passes as Telekom also takes majority holdings in telecommunications companies in Croatia (Hrvatski Telekom) and Macedonia (Maktel).
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T-DSL via satellite

With the option of now receiving T-DSL via satellite, German customers can also have broadband Internet without the associated landline connection.


UMTS becomes a reality

In around 20 cities preparations are being made for the launch of UMTS. Installation of the required system technology will cost more than €140 million. Thus begins the switch to innovative, third-generation mobile communications.


The Internet goes mobile

For the first time Telekom provides mobile Internet via HotSpots. At Münster-Osnabrück International Airport and in selected hotels laptop users can now pick up emails and browse the web wirelessly at high speed. Perfect for business travelers.
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ADSL2+ pilot trial

16 MBit per second

Telekom accelerates its network into a new Internet era. In Hanover the first customers are able to browse at 16 Mbit per second. At top speed, rates of 25 megabits per second were possible even back then.
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DSL 16,000

Faster Internet in Germany

Following the successful launch in the previous year broadband Internet at up to 16 Mbit per second is now becoming available in a new network offensive in large areas of Germany. It means laying around 4,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable and installing around 20,000 new multifunctional boxes.
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Premiere for Entertain

A new era for television in Germany. With the Entertain package Telekom offers Internet-based television (IPTV) with 145 channels, movies and soccer – much of the content in high definition quality (HD) – and interactive design of the individual channel line-up.


T-Mobile Netherlands continues to grow

Deutsche Telekom is implementing its Focus and Targeted Growth strategy consistently and is strengthening its position in the Dutch market with its acquisition of Orange Netherlands.
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Hello Hellas!

With the approval of the EU Commission Deutsche Telekom is taking a stake in the Greek network operator OTE.
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Successful live test

Telekom demonstrates its leading position in the next generation of mobile networks at the Mobile World Congress 2009. Visitors to the show can experience the power of LTE live in communication from Barcelona to Bonn to a moving truck. Using a high definition video conference and lightning fast file downloads as examples, the high quality of LTE is evident.
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Joint venture

Everything Everywhere

Together with Orange the Everything Everywhere joint venture is launching in the UK. The project includes the opening of 100 new stores and Wi-Fi coverage across the country.


Green light for 4G

In Brandenburg Telekom is laying the foundations for universal broadband coverage for Germany. The new network infrastructure includes the first nationwide 4G mobile communications station. This will in future enable a powerful 4G connection and therefore even faster browsing, downloads and mail.
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Telemedicine Network

The official launch of Brandenburg’s Telemedicine Network, the first universal nationwide e-health network that helps provide care to high-risk patients. With the new technology they can be monitored remotely around the clock – and receive assistance as soon as possible in an emergency.
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Poland launches MyWallet

MyWallet was deployed in Poland in October 2012, and several thousand users have already enrolled. MyWallet transforms your smartphone into a digital wallet. You can use MyWallet to make contactless payments at 1.6 million points of acceptance worldwide.


Deutsche Telekom tests TeraStream in Croatia

Deutsche Telekom announced the launch of its first pilot of its new TeraStream architecture in Croatia. This is a concept based on cloud-enabled Internet Protocol (IP) architecture. The network operating software is moved to the cloud by the network components, which makes control of these components much easier. This revolutionary concept is undergoing a pilot test for the first time in the Zagreb area of Croatia by Hrvatski Telekom, a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group. At the same time, the implementation of TeraStream represents a further milestone in the new collaborative ventures within the Deutsche Telekom Group. In this matter Croatia is taking on the leading role for the group.
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Eavesdropping protection

Encrypted phone calls

As the first German network operator Telekom is implementing the encryption standard A5/3 for mobile communication networks. This means a significant enhancement of eavesdropping protection for voice transmissions – without customers having to change anything.

DSL vectoring

Connecting the first local networks

Telekom provides the first areas in Germany with vectoring technology. With vectoring the transmission capacity of the old cables is significantly increased – up to 100 Mbit per second.
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Connected cars

Focused expertise for networked cars

Along with China Mobile Deutsche Telekom is conquering the world’s largest automobile market. Together they intend in the future to sell products and services for connected cars. As such, Telekom contributes its expertise in the telematics field as well as supplying the core technology – a cloud-based connected car platform.
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Cloud gaming

More bandwidth for more gaming fun

Cloud Gaming is a major trend in the computer game industry. As such, the games are essentially played in the cloud – only access to the game is installed on end devices but not the game itself. There is no need to purchase expensive consoles or games. With modern networks latency is so small that users can play with gamers all over the world in real time. In 2015 Deutsche Telekom is launching its own service: Cloud Gaming.

TV Guide

Program recommendations

Video on demand, live shows, and smart TV: picking out your own favorite programs from the mass of video content isn’t all that easy. So that users can find exactly what they are interested in, Telekom’s TV recommendation engine analyzes activities and user data – and can then recommend an individually tailored line-up of shows. Initially this service is going ahead in Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary.

Emergency call system

eCall makes driving safer

Under an EU directive all new cars must be equipped with an automatic emergency call system (eCall) from 2015. In the future cars will be capable of communicating with each other or with a central control station. This will mean emergency services will be notified of accidents very quickly.


GPS emergency call in case of accident

Together with bicycle manufacturer Canyon, Telecom is developing a “networked” bike. This model will have a built-in emergency call system. Crash sensors will detect accidents and call for assistance in case of emergency. In the event of theft the bike can be easily located via GPS.
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Data traffic

10 times the volume of data

In 2016 the Internet will have to cope with ten times the amount of data as in 2010. With our investments we are preparing our network for these huge amounts of data.


Bye-bye purse

In the near future payment by cash card will be increasingly replaced by payment by cell phone. In Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia the digital My Wallet is already being used successfully.


210 million networked cars

80% of all new cars sold in 2016 will be connected to the Internet. Worldwide that means 210 million cars on the roads and on the web.

LTE expansion

Fast LTE for 24 million households

Fast Internet right across the country. By the end of 2016 we intend to supply LTE to 24 million households all over Germany.
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More power for copper cables

With vectoring we double the transmission rate to up to 100 Mbit per second in widely used copper cables. By 2017 this means we can supply vectoring to up to 24 million German homes.
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Optical fiber

High-speed Internet for all

FTTC stands for "Fiber to the curb". Telekom has set itself the goal of providing up to 80 per cent of the German population with ultrafast Internet this way by 2018.

IP technology

All connections using IP

With IP technology connections are becoming faster and easier. At present, three million German Telekom customers already enjoy the benefits of IP technology. By 2018 all 20 million connections in Germany will be converted to this technology of the future. Our objective in the long term is to switch the whole of Europe to IP technology.
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High-speed browsing at 400 GBit per second

T-Systems is already working with leading researchers and companies on 400GBit per second data throughput in the near future.
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Huge cloud storage

In 2020 a city of 50,000 inhabitants will store approximately 6,000 terabytes in the cloud each month. This is equivalent to a data volume of one million DVDs.


The next step in network evolution

LTE is only the beginning. With the next generation of 5G networks fantastic data rates of up to 10,000 Mbit per second will be possible – plus a whole new generation of even more flexible, more customized services. A great side effect is that the energy consumption for each transmitted bit will fall considerably.


Time travel with Telekom

Telekom has been investing in Europe for over 20 years. From domestic networks a major European network group has been created during this period, which is constantly improving. Mobile Internet data in the cloud, payment by cell phone: for many of tomorrow’s innovations the foundations were laid years ago. Let’s travel through Telekom’s network.

Timeline I Telekom Europa
Timeline I Telekom Europa