Collaboration models


Deutsche Telekom is continuously looking for new technology and product partners. Together with partners Deutsche Telekom offers a wider range of products and services. With new and innovative partner solutions we want to improve the customer experience and grow. Deutsche Telekom wants to be No. 1 European TelCo partner.

The company will continue to develop its own ideas, of course, but is also open to outside innovations and is increasing its emphasis on collaboration. The objective is to offer a wider range of products and services together with partners. Major, global corporations as well as small startups can become partners on equal terms.

Smart combinations

Partners benefit from many new potential users, which Deutsche Telekom contributes with its 252 million mobile communications customers as well as 25 million fixed-network lines, and 22 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2023). Partners can also offer their services in the best Telekom network and benefit from the company's sales strengths in Europe.

Customers benefit

With this approach, Deutsche Telekom can differentiate its portfolio from the competition and offer its customers the latest developments and services. Further In-house ideas can be enhanced with developments of external partners. Intelligent approaches can often be cleverly combined - so that the blend gives the customer an even greater experience. Customers can choose from the best offerings.

Plug-and-play power strip

To make services available to Deutsche Telekom customers quickly and easily, Telekom is building a partner system for innovative services - partners can plug in just like a power strip. Deutsche Telekom ensures fast access to standardized interfaces and also takes care of billing, security and transmission quality in the background. Customers can then book these services quickly and easily - such as Spotify's music streaming service.

Our collaboration models

T.Capital is the Corporate Venture arm of Deutsche Telekom. The team deploys strategic capital and manages Deutsche Telekom’s portfolio of minority interests from past and present investment funds.

T.Capital invests in early- and late-stage companies that have synergies with Deutsche Telekom and facilitates partner relationships that create long term strategic and financial value for Deutsche Telekom and the portfolio companies. 

T.Capital also assists Deutsche Telekom in technology acquisitions of significant minority and majority participation.

The investments support specific business priorities and initiatives across the Deutsche Telekom Group and are carried out in the name of Telekom’s wholly owned subsidiary Telekom Innovation Pool GmbH, jointly overseen with Group Strategy.


Deutsche Telekom is an anchor investor in DTCP, an independent multi-LP investment management firm with 2.2 billion euros in assets under management and over 50 professionals. With a focus on digital transformation, the firm invests across two strategies:

  1. DTCP Growth
    DTCP Growth invests in leading software companies out of its latest fund Growth Equity III (GE III). The team has made over 30 investments in Europe, Israel and the US, with notable investments including Aircall, Arctic Wolf Networks, Auth0 (acquired by OKTA), Guardicore (acquired by Akamai), Fastly (NYSE: FSLY), LeanIX, Pipedrive (acquired by Vista Private Equity), and Signavio (acquired by SAP SE).
  2. DTCP Infra
    DTCP Infra invests in European digital infrastructure out of the Digital Infrastructure Vehicle II (DIV II).  DTCP Infra specializes in investments in mobile towers, fiber networks and data centers. The firm‘s infrastructure investments include Swiss Towers (acquired by Cellnex), Community Fibre Limited, Cellnex Netherlands, Open Dutch Fiber, e-fiber, and maincubes.


T-Labs is the R&D department of Deutsche Telekom focusing on translating new technology trends and delivering tangible results into Deutsche Telekom’s innovation portfolio. Our current research areas are: Future Networks & AI, Spatial Computing and Decentralized Systems.

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hubraum is Deutsche Telekom’s tech incubator. By bringing early-stage startups and the leading European telco together, hubraum sparks innovation transfer and creates business opportunities for both sides. Since 2012, hubraum has been collaborating with the digital ecosystem out of its campuses in Berlin, Krakow and Tel Aviv.

Prototyping campus

Develop prototypes that identify potential use cases for future commercial applications and use our co-working space for free – as a resident or temporary guest.

Deutsche Telekom access

Get access to cutting-edge technology and infrastructure provided by Deutsche Telekom.

Expert network

Get expert support and business know-how to give your startup a shot of rocket fuel.

Seed investment

Receive potential investment from hubraum of up to one million euros, in addition to financial support for any subsequent pilot project.

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Deutsche Telekom is continuously looking for new technology and product partners in order to differentiate and optimize its portfolio.