Migration to IP technology
Internet access on planes
Together with satellite company Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom is offering the fastest inflight broadband service for European travelers.
The European Aviation Network (EAN) has been developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom in partnership with leading European companies such as Thales, Nokia, Airbus, and Cobham. It marks a paradigm shift in the airline passenger experience, with incomparable speeds, uninterrupted coverage and significantly lower latency than any other inflight Wi-Fi network in the continent.
The award-winning connectivity solution has been available to over 85 million passengers to date, travelling on more than 650.000 flights throughout Europe, covering key destinations such as London, Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva and Rome. EAN has now been activated in 275 aircraft and is currently available with British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aegean Airlines.
All-round security for life in the digital world
Since the the Computerhilfe Plus service launch in 2016, the demand for support in matters related to digital security has continued to grow. That’s why we introduced the Digital Schutzpaket (Digital Protection Package) in 2018 and added the Digital Schutzpaket Business (Business Digital Protection Package) to this product at the end of 2019. The Digital Protection Package combines all relevant security services in one product and offers a central point of contact for all topics related to home networks and Wi-Fi, internet, and social media. A service number provides access to Deutsche Telekom experts for support on protecting the home network from external attacks, or help on the secure use of the internet, social networks, and passwords. In the event of data loss, we look after recovering files where possible. Other service components include financial protection from fraudulent use of bank details, fraud in private online trading, and protection and effective countermeasures against cyberbullying or insults on the internet. For business customers, reputation protection is also included, which supports the deletion of unstable negative ratings and provides tips on maintaining online reputation. ID-Alarm helps customers protect their digital identity and alerts them when stolen login data is found.
Action in case of violations of data protection rules, legal obligations/regulations and policies
With our global data privacy organization, we are constantly working to provide a transparent and high level of data privacy in all our companies. As far as legally possible, the companies of the Deutsche Telekom Group have also committed themselves to the Binding Corporate Rules Privacy (BCRP), which are intended to ensure a uniformly high level of data privacy for our products and services. Violations of behavioral requirements, legal provisions, internal guidelines (such as the Binding Corporate Rules Privacy BCRP) and regulations can have serious consequences not only for individuals personally, but also for Deutsche Telekom. Therefore, on the basis of the Deutsche Telekom Code of Conduct, reproachable deliberate misconduct will not be tolerated. Deutsche Telekom sanctions such misconduct and violations consistently and without exception within the framework of the legal provisions, without taking into account the rank and position of the acting and affected person.
The Internet of Things
Machines and products are constantly becoming smarter. The technologies that make these developments possible are bundled under the term Internet of Things, or IoT.
IoT can help ideally coordinate the processes of various devices, vehicles, and entire industrial facilities. This increases industrial productivity and ensures efficient logistics, thus helping reduce energy consumption and conserve resources.
We also support the German federal government’s Industry 4.0 initiative through our involvement in IoT. The initiative’s objective is to maintain Germany’s competitive edge in the technology sector.
Digital Solutions: Connected Car – preventing traffic jams with connected cars
T-Systems has been developing and operating Daimler’s Connected Car platform (Daimler vehicle backend) worldwide since 2013. The platform is the technical basis for the Live Traffic service, which provides drivers with real-time traffic information, Live Traffic prevents about 30 percent of traffic jams per vehicle. This means the approximately 24 million vehicles equipped with Live Traffic consumed about 26 million liters less fuel. This translates into CO2 savings of around 65,000 metric tons.
Digital Solutions: SHOW – Connecting automated vehicle fleets with the main axes of local public transport, making urban mobility more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
SHOW aims to support the deployment of shared, connected and electrified automation in urban transport, to advance sustainable urban mobility.
- Demonstrations in 20 cities across Europe
- Integration of automated fleets in Public Transport
- Including 69 partners from 13 EU-countries
- International cooperation with organizations from the US, South Korea, Australia and China
- Reduction of 20% energy consumption and 10% emissions
- Reduction of overall number of private vehicles through intelligent combination of smart Public Transport solutions
- Improved traffic flow
- Establish new business models and improve virtual validation
The all-round app for the entire home and family - MagentaZuhause App
The Consumer IoT division has developed the open, cross-manufacturer smart home platform and the MagentaZuhause App. This gives customers the opportunity to combine devices from different companies easily and individually and to control them via app.
During the reporting period, the MagentaZuhause App was launched on the market. The app makes living together easier thanks to many useful functions and completely new options for home network management as well as extensive SmartHome functions.
With the MagentaZuhause App, our customers stay even more connected to their home and loved ones. Even when they are on the move. And the app is for the whole family - the whole home. To-do and shopping lists, reminder functions support our customers in their everyday organisation. Checking the home network, activating and sharing the guest Wi-Fi and optimising the Wi-Fi are just some of the numerous options for home network management with the MagentaZuhause App.
Wi-Fi or IP devices can be connected directly to the app and no longer require a SmartHome control hub. This makes it easier for our customers to get started in the connected home. In addition, the app can also be used to control MagentaTV content - also by voice.
During the reporting period, we were able to further increase the number of devices that are compatible with the Smart Home platform. Customers can already choose from several hundred different Smart Home devices: With a Speedport Smart 4, customers also have the option of using it as a Smart Home hub. In addition, the MagentaZuhause App now supports Wi-Fi radiator thermostats from the new partner Eurotronic and smart plugs with consumption measurement from WiZ as well as other devices from SONOS, D-Link and Ledvance.
At the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2022, the MagentaZuhause app was awarded one of the coveted Red Dot in the category "Apps - Smart Homes".
Twice a year, the experts of the international UX Design Awards honour excellent design that contributes to the creation of a more positive living environment. The MagentaZuhause App was nominated by the jury in the "Product" category.
The World Smart Home Awards 2022 have been awarded - and four of our Smart Home products have been honoured: SmartHome Home Base, SmartHome door/window contact optical, SmartHome Wi-Fi adapter plug (indoor) and SmartHome Wi-Fi LED lamp E27 coloured.
The MagentaZuhause app offers a high level of protection - as attested by the independent institute for IT security, AV-TEST GmbH. The security test 01/2022 concludes for the first time that the app prevents manipulation by external parties and that communication is secure. The next test of the platform by AV-TEST GmbH is planned for the beginning of 2023.
Measurable success: Reduced CO2 generation at data centers
We keep our goal of reducing our carbon footprint in mind when planning and operating our data centers. To achieve this goal, we take a two-step approach. It starts with optimizing energy consumption at each data center site and then continues with improving processes throughout the global data center landscape.
The PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) figure is the key indicator for their energy efficiency. Since 2008, we have succeeded in reducing the average PUE factor at the T-Systems data centers in Germany from 1.85 to 1.56.
|Data Center Energy Usage||2018||2019||2020||2021|
|Total energy used in data centers (MWh)||735,800||647,162||407,741||359,084|
|Percentage of renewable energy (of total energy)||52||53.5||62.5||98.3|
Our aim is to increase the share of renewable energy on a yearly basis. Therefore our reported target is to increase our share in comparison to the previous year.
Action in case of violations of data protection rules, legal obligations/regulations and policies
With the internal policy “Binding Corporate Rules Privacy (BCRP)”, the Deutsche Telekom Group is creating a standardized and high level of data privacy worldwide, applicable to the processing of personal data. Any breaches of rules, legal obligations, or of internal policies (like the Binding Corporate Rules Privacy BCRP) and regulations may have serious consequences not only for the individuals committing them, but also for Deutsche Telekom. Therefore based on the “Code of Conduct of Deutsche Telekom, deliberate misconduct will not be tolerated. Without any exception, Deutsche Telekom will severely sanction any such misconduct or violation against legal provisions. In doing so Deutsche Telekom will take no account of the employee’s rank or position within the company.
Digital health care system: Deutsche Telekom as a project partner
We are helping shape the digital health care system with numerous pilot projects.
• We are involved as a project partner in developing a solution for antibiotic treatment consultation at the St. Georg Hospital in Leipzig. The primary goal is to enable fast, secure data exchange between doctors, patients, and health insurers. The State of Saxony sponsored the project with over 1.2 million euros at the beginning of 2017. It will initially run until mid-2019.
• The main objective of the “Psychological Trauma Telehealth Network for Saxony (Tele-NePS)” project is to sustainably improve the integrated treatment chain for post-traumatic stress disorders. The goal is to enable those affected to access the treatment network, make expertise universally available, and guarantee cross-institution documentation and coordination. The EU and the State of Saxony will be funding the project, which will run until 2020, with 1.4 million euros.
• Under the auspices of a 10-year partnership, we are helping Kliniken Essen-Mitte (KEM) to drive forward the digitalization of its hospitals. By January 1, 2019, we had replaced the existing hospital information system with our iMedOne solution at two of the clinic’s locations.
Implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation
After being enacted in May 2016, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a binding effect since May 25, 2018. Deutsche Telekom implemented the requirements contained therein in a three-stage, EU-wide project:
- Preparation: Group Privacy drew up a set of standardized rules, known as Binding Interpretations, that apply to the entire Group. They were developed in collaboration with the national companies. The Binding Interpretations include specific recommendations and best practice examples to implement the EU regulation.
- Implementation: From January 2017 to May 25, 2018, the new requirements based on the Binding Interpretations were introduced throughout the Group. This involved checking and, where necessary, adjusting all the IT systems. All employees were made aware of the General Data Protection Regulation, and more than 10,000 experts received intensive training.
- Evaluation: The implementation period was followed by a review phase during which all affected Group entities were asked whether they had put all relevant requirements into action. In addition to this, GDPR compliance was randomly inspected at 28 companies.
Digital health care system: Our solutions
In addition to customer projects, we are also developing our own solutions for digital health care.
Our telehealth platform is being used by increasing numbers of participants in Germany. The platform is based on the first Europe-wide open, trans-regional network, East Saxony CCS Telehealth (THOS). It allows patients, doctors, hospitals, nursing staff, pharmacies, and health insurers in a given region to exchange information over a specially encrypted data network. In April 2018, we presented the new “Teleneurologie Parkinson” application at the world’s largest health care IT trade fair ConhIT: In addition to the family doctor or neurologist, the new solution also allows patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease to consult with a teleneurologist.
Our Telekom Healthcare Cloud (THC) provides health professionals with a reliable and simple path toward the digital transformation of their work structures. One of our customers in this area is Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding (GNH). We support the group of hospitals by providing our cloud for its daily work.
Supporting start-ups: Creating space for ideas
As the leading startup program of Deutsche Telekom, the telcotech incubator hubraum connects external startups with business units in our group to jointly offer innovative products for our private and business customers. In addition, hubraum offers startups early-stage financing from their own investment fund and targeted innovation programs with a view to the strategic growth areas and technologies of Deutsche Telekom.
Since the founding of hubraum in 2012, hubraum has built up a strategic investment portfolio of over 25 companies and closely collaborated with over 300 start-ups from Europe and Israel in areas such as Future Connectivity (e.g. 5G, Edge Cloud, AI, NBIoT), Connected Life and Work (e.g. smart home, AR/VR, industrial IoT) and the "Next Next" (e.g. blockchain). The hubraum Campus in Berlin has been expanded with one of the first 5G networks in Europe and edge cloud infrastructure. In addition to co-working office space and mentoring, startups can now also have exclusive access to Deutsche Telekom's networks, product platforms and test data to accelerate their business development.
In 2019, 16 projects from our Edge and 5G prototyping programs were implemented on the new infrastructure. These will be continued in 2020.
In the same period, five projects of the consumer IoT eSIM program have been implemented. They will be marketed in 2020 as products of the national companies of DT.
• For 2020, hubraum has announced the Tech Award: Sustainability in 5G Challenge. With this, hubraum starts to make the ecosystem a more environmentally-friendly place by meeting 5G’s increased demand for energy sustainably — with the help of cocreation.
• Neebo, a start-up from Great Britain and participant of the hubraum Consumer IoT eSIM program, has developed a sensor wristband for babies. It allows the child’s vital signs, such as breathing and pulse, to be monitored via smartphone.
• Safety is one of the main reasons why driver assistants and systems for autonomous driving are constantly being improved. For these assistance systems (e.g. video, 3D point clouds and telematic) to function properly, a lot of sensor data is required. The startup Teraki - a hubraum investment - is developing software that significantly reduces the energy consumption that arises when processing these sensor data.
IoT: Roambee – “bees” make the logistics chain transparent
Since the beginning of 2017, we have offered businesses a solution for tracking and locating deliveries and assets and for monitoring the status of goods: Shipment & Asset Monitoring powered by Roambee. A “bee” equipped with sensors is attached to the consignment to record information such as temperature, humidity, light, and movement and store this information in the cloud. The bee measures all information in in defined timeframes. A web portal gives users anytime access to a full overview including the device status, location, and details on deliveries and assets.