Coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has developed into a global economic crisis. Higher demand for certain telecommunication services means the impact of the crisis is likely to be felt less severely by the telecommunications industry than by other industries. Nevertheless, there is currently a great deal of uncertainty regarding the extent to which business activities and thus the results of operations and financial position of Deutsche Telekom could be affected overall. For example, and visitor volumes are declining as a result of government-imposed international travel restrictions, and terminal equipment sales and new contracts may decrease due to the largely temporary closure of shops. Corporate customer business may decline, for example, due to delayed or changed customer decisions. The possibility of an increase in the number of consumers and business customers defaulting on their payments cannot be ruled out either. Further possible future effects on the measurement of individual assets and liabilities are currently being analyzed. Deutsche Telekom has put in place cost-saving measures to mitigate potential effects on earnings.

Refers to the use of a communication device or just a subscriber identity in a visited network rather than one’s home network. This requires the operators of both networks to have reached a roaming agreement and switched the necessary signaling and data connections between their networks. Roaming comes into play when cell phones and smartphones are used across national boundaries.