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Deutsche Telekom moves the motor car onto the data highway

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  • With BMW Wi-Fi hotspot into the high-speed Internet
  • Telekom now putting the eSIM into series production
  • LTE mobile telephony set for use in BMW motorbikes too

As of this month, users of BMW ConnectedDrive can now book a Wi-Fi hotspot using Deutsche Telekom's HotSpot Drive portal. The mobile hotspot makes it possible to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the high-speed Internet at the same time, without any need for them to have their own SIM cards. Once set up, the system lets users surf across borders all over Europe – and even further afield. Depending on their needs, they can choose from among various different data passes and acquire them with ease after completing a one-time login process. The offering was developed in cooperation with BMW ConnectedDrive. The moving Wi-Fi hotspot was first integrated into new BMW 7 series models in October 2015. Other models are soon to follow.

But the Wi-Fi hotspot is not the only way Deutsche Telekom is hitting the road at high speed. Starting this summer, Deutsche Telekom will be fitting BMW ConnectedDrive systems with LTE technology. A wide variety of services will be provided in BMW vehicles via ConnectedDrive, making car journeys both safer and more enjoyable. There's now a fast data connection available for the solution in more than 50 countries using mobile telephony. Reinhard Clemens, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and T-Systems CEO emphasizes that "what we're doing is taking the best network and putting it inside the car. Telecommunication and IT are now providing the basic technology for digitization of the motor vehicle. As an experienced automotive industry partner, we are proud to be part of this cooperative initiative."

For the first time, an eSIM is now permanently embedded into the cars. Once installed, it can be updated from outside over the air whenever required. Deutsche Telekom sees the eSIM card as a substantial opportunity and has been heavily involved for many years in international committees dedicated to developing an open eSIM standard.

eCall now for motorbikes too

An LTE mobile communications module providing the necessary connectivity is now set to make travel on BMW motorbikes even safer. Under the name BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide, the system will in the future make connected services available on the motorbike's central display to optimize the way journey-related data is presented to motorbike riders. The relevant networking technologies will be developed jointly as part of the partnership with Deutsche Telekom. In combination with a navigation system, it is also possible that the system might give advance warning of any tailbacks hidden behind a curve in the road, for example, or provide other safety-related information. From 2017, BMW motorbikes will be offering an eCall system for the first time. Just as with BMW cars, if a motorbike accident should occur, data relevant to the emergency services are sent to the BMW call center to help them take appropriate action. On top of this, a voice connection with the driver makes it possible to pass on further essential information on the situation immediately.

The SmartHome app connects BMW with the intelligent home

Deutsche Telekom's SmartHome app can be used to control the devices at home via the mobile phone. The SmartHome app has been available for use in the BMW ConnectedDrive system since 2015. Working hand-in-hand with Deutsche Telekom, the system makes it possible, for example, to control the lighting or heating system at home. It makes it possible for drivers to turn on the house lights while still on the road or to regulate the room temperature in advance of their arrival home. The remote home control system is plugged into BMW's vehicle operating system through a feature that allows users to integrate third-party apps via BMW ConnectedDrive. Aside from permitting smartphone content to be displayed on the control display, this feature also makes it possible control all functions intuitively, easily and safely via the iDrive controller.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.

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