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TMO TMTraffic

14 01 2003  
  • T-Mobile International takes over 100 per cent of Tegaron Telematics GmbH
  • T-Mobile Traffic, Deutsche Telekom's Competence Center for Telematics

T-Mobile International AG took over the shares of Tegaron Telematics GmbH, Bonn, from Deutsche Telekom AG and DaimlerChrysler Services AG. Tegaron will be the competence center for telematics, under the responsibilty of Nikesh Arora, Chief Marketing Officer, T-Mobile International. As of January 2003 Tegaron will be renamed T-Mobile Traffic. 

Founded in 1997 as Tegaron, T-Mobile Traffic was a joint venture of Deutsche Telekom AG and Debis AG. It made a name as an innovative telematics service provider in fields of traffic and travel information, routing and guiding, dynamic navigation and automatic safety services, e.g. " Teleaid" by Mercedes-Benz. 

" Mobility is a key driving force in our environment today and success in this arena is dependent upon mobile operators providing a wide range of end-to-end solutions to meet this demand" , said Nikesh Arora, Chief Marketing Officer for T-Mobile International. " T-Mobile believes in the mobile data market and T-Mobile Traffic is a logical addition to complete the full circle of our product portfolio — encompassing consumer, enterprise and now telematics services."

As a first example of a close cooperation T-D1-Navigate, the world's first dynamic offboard navigation system based on GPRS, was launched by 
T-Mobile Deutschland together with Tegaron in autumn last year. Drivers can use navigation with T-Mobile's smartphone MDA combined with a 
car kit to route their car avoiding traffic jams.

Karsten Heppner is the new head of T-Mobile Traffic succeeding the two managing directors of Tegaron, Hans-Jürgen Hilgendorf and Peter Mertens. 

Heppner, 37, holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Cologne. He began his career at the Telekom group in 1997 as head of the supervisory board's office of T-Mobile Deutschland. Later he became Head of Board Member Support for Kai-Uwe Ricke, at that time CEO of T-Mobile International and member of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom.

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