Deutsche Telekom outlines network strategy

Deutsche Telekom today said its network strategy will focus on offering the best network, best service, best products and preferred provider for business customers.

IP is a focus area for Deutsche Telekom. The company says with integrated all-IP networks, Deutsche Telekom will become the preferred partner for online service providers, while offering its customers seamless access to its products both on the move and at home.

Deutsche Telekom indicated that the Group’s overall capital expenditure will exceed the planned value in 2015, mainly driven by the United States.

In 2014, the Group will again forge ahead with its investment drive in the fixed network and mobile communications.

On 28 February, the group said it would invest around EUR 30 billion as Capex in 2013-2015.

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In 2013, Deutsche Telekom Capex (capital spending) increased 10.5 percent to EUR 8.9 billion, not including expenses for mobile spectrum totaling EUR 2.2 billion.


The mobile operator’s commitment to invest more in Capex for telecom network and services is despite the newly consolidated liabilities from the business combination with MetroPCS. The group’s net debt increased by EUR 2.2 billion to EUR 39.1 billion.

The Group reached its financial targets for 2013, even slightly exceeding the target for free cash flow. Adjusted EBITDA came to EUR 17.4 billion, free cash flow to EUR 4.6 billion. Revenue grew 3.4 percent in the full year to EUR 60.1 billion, with year-on-year growth of as much as 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter. Net profit reached EUR 930 million.

“The figures for 2013 underscore that Deutsche Telekom is now ideally positioned to become the leading European telecommunications provider. Our results lay the perfect groundwork for 2014. This year, we will be able to tackle the remaining challenges with rigor,” said Tim Hottges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

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