Digital technologies have penetrated German society like never before. This is shown in the D21 Digital Index 2017, which is promoted by Deutsche Telekom. However, the index also shows that with respect to the use of digital technologies, there are big differences between individual groups in society. Having access to modern information technologies is the basis for the ability to participate in the knowledge and information society. We are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, background or education, can participate in digital society. That is why we are continuing to rapidly expand our infrastructure and improve transmission speeds with new, secure technology. At the same time, we use our social initiatives to reduce potential obstacles to ICT use. To this end, we contribute our core expertise as an international ICT corporation. We develop our own offers and support partner initiatives with our expertise in this area. We have specific goals in this aspect, for ourselves as well as for our partners.
Our activities focus on the following:
The only way to effectively shape the digitalization process is in collaboration with the worlds of business, politics and society. We have made a commitment to promoting social dialog and are active in collaborations and partnerships to facilitate this dialog. By signing the Charter of Digital Networking we emphasize our commitment.
If the digitalization process is to succeed, it is vital that people have faith in the confidentiality of their personal data. Data privacy and data security are our highest priority, which is why we support the conscious and safe handling of personal data, for example with our online guide sicherdigital.de.
The question of whether and how information and news on the Internet can be identified as "true” is also vital to ask. We have addressed this subject internally on our activity day "1001 truths - trust and opinion-forming online".
With our expertise, we support projects and initiatives that offer digital solutions for social challenges:
We are also working to further improve access to modern information technology. Within the scope of the Telekom@School initiative, we therefore offer general and vocational schools throughout Germany free Internet access up to 16 Mbit. Connections at higher speeds are available to schools at significantly reduced prices.
We also offer special rates to enable low-income customers and people with disabilities to make phone calls and surf the web at reasonable prices. More than one million customers in Germany take advantage of these special plans each year.