Deutsche Telekom to Resell Infonet's Services

PARIS (03/31/2000) - Deutsche Telekom AG yesterday applied another patch to the holes in its global coverage left by the break-up of its GlobalOne alliance with France Télécom.

Deutsche Telekom AG will resell the global network services of Infonet Services Corp. and brand them as its own, the companies said in a statement yesterday.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding as a preliminary step to a detailed agreement on the matter, according to the statement.

The agreement will bring Infonet as much as US$1 billion in additional revenues over the expected 5-year duration of the agreement, the company said.

Deutsche Telekom took a majority stake Monday in German IT services company Debis Systemhaus, gaining access to its global data network. [See "Deutsche Telekom to Take Over Debis Systemhaus,", March 27]. That acquisition went some way to filling the gap in Deutsche Telekom's global strategy left by its January sale of its share in Global One to former partner France Télécom. [See "France Telecom Buys Global One from DT, Sprint," Jan. 26].

The deal with Infonet will give Deutsche Telekom access to Infonet's infrastructure in over 60 countries worldwide, the companies said.

Deutsche Telekom, based in Bonn, Germany, can be reached at +49-228-181-49-49 on the Web at http://www.telekom.de/. Infonet, based in El Segundo, California, can be reached at or on the Web at http://www.infonet.com/.

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