Drillisch, Deutsche Telekom end legal dispute

23 Mar 2012

German mobile services provider Drillisch has announced it has settled a dispute with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Telekom Deutschland (TD) which had led to the termination of contracts and legal proceedings between the two parties. Drillisch said it has signed an agreement with Deutsche Telekom and TD which aims to end all civil proceedings still pending between the companies. It also ensures a smooth takeover of customers still using TD’s mobile network and allows the remaining customers to continue to use the incumbent’s infrastructure. The agreement is still subject to several conditions, in particular clearance by the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office). TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the dispute stems from a decision by Deutsche Telekom to end its cooperation with Drillisch in November 2011, on the suspicion that the service provider committed fraud regarding commission fees; criminal charges were filed against the service provider that month by DT. In a statement on its website, the incumbent said it suspected that Drillisch subsidiary Simply Communications, which sold pre-paid mobile services provided over TD’s network, had activated tens of thousands of mobile phone lines without actually having sold the contracts to customers – claims that were rejected by Drillisch.