D.Telekom eyes mobile web boost for U.S. - paper

FRANKFURT Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:16pm IST

A generic picture of a woman in an office using a computer mouse. REUTERS/Catherine Benson/Files

A generic picture of a woman in an office using a computer mouse.

Credit: Reuters/Catherine Benson/Files

Related Topics

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom hopes demand for faster mobile internet services will help it gain customers in the United States, Chief Executive Rene Obermann said in an interview with a German paper.

"Mobile internet offers good growth chances at the moment," Obermann told Bild am Sonntag, adding that Deutsche Telekom currently has the fastest network there.

Obermann and new U.S. head Philip Humm are due on Thursday to present a strategy for the struggling U.S. unit T-Mobile USA, which is the market's No. 4 operator but has seen profits fall.

The U.S. represents the group's second largest market behind Germany and it has about 33 million customers there.

"In the U.S., we need an aggressive marketing policy and customer-friendly pricing," Obermann told Bild am Sonntag. "We have to improve our arguments as to why customers should come to us or stay with us."

The U.S. unit plans to double its network speeds this year in order to offer customers the chance to use applications such as video conferencing or multi-player gaming from their mobile phones.

Humm has already said T-Mobile USA will not charge a premium for its highest-speed services, as it seeks to regain ground on rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel.

(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by David Holmes)

FILED UNDER:

Reuters Showcase

IS Claim

IS Claim

Islamic State says beheads second Japanese hostage.  Full Article 

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Death toll mounts in Ukraine fighting after peace talks fail.  Full Article 

Fifth Title

Fifth Title

Djokovic reigns supreme at Australian Open.  Full Article 

Journalist Freed

Journalist Freed

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia.  Full Article 

Reuters Poll

Reuters Poll

RBI seen holding rates steady on Tuesday, minority of analysts expect cut.  Full Article 

Doubles Title

Doubles Title

Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes.  Full Article 

Houston's Daughter

Houston's Daughter

Bobbi Kristina Brown revived after found unresponsive in tub  Full Article 

Supply Glut

Supply Glut

Sugar mills seek govt help to dispose of supply surplus.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage