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Swisscom purchases 10% debitel shareholding from DaimlerChrysler Services

19 January 2001

In 1999, Swisscom bought 74% of the debitel shares and signed an option agreement on the 10% still owned by DaimlerChrysler Services. This deal is a pure financial transaction which concludes the original option agreement. Swisscom is financing the transaction with available funds.

debitel, Europe´s largest network-independent service provider, is a strategically-important growth engine for Swisscom. debitel grew its customer base in Europe to over eight million last year. In future debitel will concentrate even more on profiling itself as a provider of mobile value-added and data services. To achieve this goal debitel has stepped up cooperation with D2 Vodafone and has secured UMTS access by signing a non-exclusive agreement as an enhanced service provider.

The sale of its remaining shareholding means that DaimlerChrysler Services will no longer have any interest in debitel. Previously debis, the company has been trading as DaimlerChrysler Services since 1 January 2001. This deal indicates a strategic focus on financial and mobile services related to the automotive industry.

debitel AG, based in Stuttgart, is one of Europe´s largest telecommunications carriers. debitel now has over 8 million mobile, fixed-line and Internet customers in Europe. debitel achieved revenues of CHF 2.865 billion in the first nine months of 2000. In Germany, debitel attracts over 10,000 new mobile customers every day. In Europe, the customer base of the debitel group increases by around 15,000 every day. debitel registers a new customer every two seconds. debitel AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since the end of March 1999. Peter Wagner is the company´s CEO. The carrier is a market leader in mobile, fixed-line and Internet convergence products. debitel has operations in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Slovenia. debitel has a 100% holding in its internet subsidiary debitel Network Services (dNS). debitel also has holdings in the mobile payment system paybox and in the mobile Internet portal Jamba! debitel has a stake in Dangaard Telecom A/S, a joint venture between the two largest companies in Europe in the purchasing and sales of mobile phones and associated services and logistics. debitel is represented in over 7000 points of sale in Europe.

Berne, 19 January 2001


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern