Criminal proceedings against Drillisch dropped

20 Apr 2012

The Public Prosecutor’s Office Hanau has formally dismissed the proceedings against members of the management board and the board of directors of Drillisch Group, the German mobile services provider has announced. The move follows the settlement of a dispute with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Telekom Deutschland (TD) last month, which had led to the termination of contracts and resulted in legal proceedings between the two parties. Drillisch signed an agreement with Deutsche Telekom and TD to end all civil proceedings between the companies, and which 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.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the dispute stemmed 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.