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Highlights in the first quarter of 2022

For further information on these and other events, please refer to our media information.

Guidance raised for the 2022 financial year

In view of the sound business performance in our United States operating segment, we are raising our guidance for adjusted EBITDA AL and free cash flow AL of the Group for the 2022 financial year. Instead of around EUR 36.5 billion, we now expect to post adjusted EBITDA AL of over EUR 36.6 billion. For free cash flow AL, we raise the guidance from previously around EUR 10 billion to now more than EUR 10 billion.

For more information, please refer to the section “Forecast” in the interim Group management report.

Corporate transactions

Sale of T‑Mobile Netherlands. On September 6, 2021, Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 signed an agreement with WP/AP Telecom Holdings IV on the sale of our subsidiary T‑Mobile Netherlands. The transaction was consummated on March 31, 2022 after obtaining the necessary approvals from the authorities and satisfying the other closing conditions. The sale price is based on an enterprise value of EUR 5.1 billion. The cash proceeds amounted to EUR 3.6 billion.

Joint venture GlasfaserPlus with IFM. On November 5, 2021, Deutsche Telekom announced that IFM Global Infrastructure Fund would acquire a stake of 50 % in GlasfaserPlus GmbH, a fiber-optic build-out entity. The transaction was consummated on February 28, 2022, after the EU Commission gave its approval on January 25, 2022 and the other closing conditions had been satisfied. The sale price came to EUR 0.9 billion, half of which was paid upon completion of the transaction and the other half of which will arise in stages upon achieving certain build-out milestones. The resulting joint venture is to build out an additional four million gigabit-capable FTTH lines in rural and development areas by 2028.

For further information on these corporate transactions, please refer to the section “Group organization, strategy, and management” in the interim Group management report and the section “Changes in the composition of the Group and other transactions” in the interim consolidated financial statements.

Investments in networks

Network build-out in Germany. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, our 5G network was available to 91.6 % of households in Germany – in more than 200 cities on the fast frequency of 3.6 GHz.

The total number of households in Germany passed by our fiber-optic network grew again in the first quarter of 2022.

Network build-out in the United States. In January 2022, in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission announced the results of the 3,450 MHz auction for mobile licenses. T‑Mobile US was awarded 199 mobile licenses in mid-band spectrum from 3,450 to 3,550 MHz for a purchase price of USD 2.9 billion (EUR 2.6 billion). T‑Mobile US’ Ultra Capacity 5G network in the fast 2.5 GHz and millimeter-wave (mmWave) bands covered 225 million people across the United States as of the end of the first quarter of 2022. Our U.S. subsidiary already reaches 315 million people in the United States with its 600 MHz spectrum. T‑Mobile US commenced the planned decommissioning of its 3G CDMA network on March 31, 2022.

Extension of agreement between T‑Mobile US and Crown Castle. In January 2022, T‑Mobile US and Crown Castle agreed a modification of existing arrangements, mainly concerning the lease of Crown Castle’s cell sites. This agreement includes a modification of the monthly lease payments for existing cell sites and an extension of the non-cancelable lease term until December 31, 2033 (with additional extension options). The modification of the arrangements results in a USD 7.3 billion (EUR 6.6 billion) increase in right-of-use assets and a USD 0.9 billion (EUR 0.8 billion) increase in property, plant and equipment. Net debt increases accordingly. The extension will give T‑Mobile US increased planning reliability and greater flexibility for building out the network as well as integrating and merging the existing mobile networks.

Network build-out in Europe. As of the end of the first quarter of 2022, our national companies covered 31.1 % of the population in our European footprint with 5G. One new addition is Makedonski Telekom, for example, which in February 2022 launched the first commercial 5G network in 15 cities of North Macedonia including the capital Skopje. In the first quarter of 2022, OTE in Greece participated successfully in the awarding of spectrum in the 430 MHz band.

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, a total of around 7.2 million households had the option to subscribe to a direct connection to our high-speed fiber-optic network with speeds reaching up to 1 Gbit/s.

Cooperations, partnerships, and major deals

Germany-wide fiber-optic cooperations. Our aim is for all households and commercial entities in Germany to have access to a fiber-optic line by 2030. If this aim is to be achieved, our competitors will also have to play their part. Hence, fiber-optic cooperations for shared use of networks based on open access are a cornerstone of our strategy. After reaching an agreement with 1&1 last year on the use of our VDSL and fiber-optic network, the first FTTH product agreement was signed in February 2022. This was the precondition for 1&1 to be able to offer its own fiber-optic products and services over our network. In March 2022, we also reached an agreement with the regional telecommunications provider wilhelm.tel, which primarily operates in Hamburg, on the general conditions for a long-term cooperation and signed a letter of intent. The plan is that customers with a fiber-optic line provided by wilhelm.tel will also be able to subscribe to our products from the end of 2022. In addition, the housing sector is increasingly switching to optical fiber: more and more private and public housing companies, home owners, and property managers have Telekom fiber-optic lines installed in their properties.

Our European subsidiaries are also engaging in collaborations to drive forward the fiber-optic build-out. In the Czech Republic, for example, T‑Mobile Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic agreed in March 2022 to build out almost one million new fiber-optic internet lines together. The agreement also includes mutual network access to part of the existing infrastructure in a number of cities, including Prague and Brno.

Partnership with Google expanded. At the end of January 2022, we announced an expanded partnership with Google in three key areas: enhanced mobile messaging services for businesses through Telekom RCS Business Messaging powered by Google and Jibe Cloud; the new Sovereign Cloud for Germany will be available to German cloud customers ahead of schedule; and MagentaTV One powered by Android TV OS is now available in Germany and expanding to additional European markets.

For further information, please refer to our media report.

Partnership with Zoom strengthened. At the end of February 2022, we announced the strengthening of our partnership with Zoom Video Communications. The solution Zoom X powered by Telekom developed jointly for the German market, combines Zoom’s video communication platform with our network. The new platform is aimed at business, corporate, and public sector customers. In addition to a secure network, we are responsible for contracting, order processing, nationwide support, and billing services. Zoom X will launch in mid-2022 and be available exclusively from us.

For further information, please refer to our media report.

World Health Organization (WHO) commissions T‑Systems. The WHO is making it easier for member states to introduce digital vaccination certificates in the future. To this end, it is setting up a gateway that enables QR codes on electronic vaccination certificates to be checked across national borders. T‑Systems has been selected as the industry partner to develop the verification service. After Covid-19, this service is also to be used as a standard procedure for other vaccinations, such as polio or yellow fever.

For further information, please refer to our media report.

Products, rate plans, and services

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022. From February 28 to March 3, 2022 at the MWC in Barcelona, we presented innovations and solutions for digital living, sustainable action, and social cohesion. The central theme was “Connecting Meaningful Technology”. The focus was on technologies that connect people with each other and make life and work easier for them: with self-parking cars (in cooperation with BMW and Valeo), mobile TV productions (together with RTL in the 5G standalone network), and borderless connections for the Internet of Things (for example, Deutsche Telekom IoT, the new solution presented together with T‑Mobile US). The corresponding network innovations and digital applications are always focused on the needs of customers, who benefit from our high-performance networks and strong partnerships.

For further information, please refer to our media report.

Deutsche Telekom and T‑Mobile US launch Deutsche Telekom IoT. Together with T‑Mobile US, we presented a new global IoT offering at the MWC mobile trade fair in Barcelona: Deutsche Telekom IoT fulfills all prerequisites necessary for a successful, future-proof business in the Internet of Things. To this end, we have pooled our network expertise with our U.S. subsidiary. The result is seamless, first-rate network connectivity in more than 380 networks from 180 countries and regions worldwide. On top of this, IoT applications are easy to manage, since Deutsche Telekom IoT provides direct access to major platforms, services and to customer support.

For further information, please refer to our media report.


The illustration below shows the main awards received in the first quarter of 2022.

Main awards in the first quarter of 2022 (graphic)
For further information on the awards, please refer to the following links:
New communications standard (launched from 2020), which offers data rates in the gigabit range, converges fixed-network and mobile communications, and supports the Internet of Things.
AL – After Leases
Since the start of the 2019 financial year, we have taken the effects of the first-time application of IFRS 16 “Leases” into account when determining our financial performance indicators. “EBITDA after leases” (EBITDA AL) is calculated by adjusting EBITDA for depreciation of the right-of-use assets and for interest expenses on recognized lease liabilities. When determining “free cash flow after leases” (free cash flow AL), free cash flow is adjusted for the repayment of lease liabilities.
FTTH – Fiber To The Home
In telecommunications FTTH means that the fiber-optic cable is terminated right in the user’s home or apartment.
Fiber-optic lines
Sum of all FTTx access lines (e.g., FTTC/VDSL, vectoring, and FTTH).
IoT – Internet of Things
The IoT enables the intelligent networking of things like sensors, devices, machines, vehicles, etc., with the aim of automating applications and decision-making processes. Deutsche Telekom’s IoT portfolio ranges from SIM cards and flexible data rate plans to IoT platforms in the cloud and complete solutions from a single source.
Optical fiber
Channel for optical data transmission.
Sovereign Cloud
Data sovereignty is the central goal of the European initiative GAIA-X. With a European concept, companies of all sizes should be able to take advantage of the flexibility and innovative power of the complete cloud stack, while at the same time having the security of always remaining the master of their data. The Sovereign Cloud from GAIA-X relies on an open software ecosystem for its technical implementation, which on the one hand enables digital solutions and on the other hand can be operated on a wide range of infrastructures.