DT Makes New Wireless Unit, One 2 One Chief Leaves

Deutsche Telekom AG today said it will bundle its mobile phone activities into one new unit called T-Mobile International AG.

The unit will encompass T-Mobil, Deutsche Telekom's own German mobile phone carrier, and Deutsche Telekom's mobile phone holdings in Europe. That includes U.K. mobile carrier One 2 One, which Deutsche Telekom purchased in August, its majority holding in Austrian carrier max.mobil Telekommunikation Service GmbH, as well as joint ventures in Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia, the carrier said in a statement.

The move better matches Deutsche Telekom's new strategy of becoming one of the top five pan-European mobile carriers in Europe, according to Deutsche Telekom.

Together, these businesses have some 18 million wireless customers in Europe, according to Deutsche Telekom.

Kai-Uwe Ricke, who until now has headed T-Mobil, has been appointed manager of the new division. He is succeeded at T-Mobil by Rene Obermann, Head of Sales.

Ricke has also been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer of One 2 One, Deutsche Telekom said. The current CEO, Tim Samples, has decided to leave the company at the end of January.

Deutsche Telekom, in Bonn, can be reached at +49-228-181-4949, or at http://www.telekom.de/.

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