Deutsche Telekom not to shed IT services


The new management team of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) has decided against selling its IT services operations, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

At a Thursday meeting of the management board, Helmut Sihler, DT's interim chief executive officer (CEO), opted against disposals in the group's wholly-owned subsidiary T-Systems International GmbH, the newspaper reported, citing sources close to the company.

The decision suggests that Sihler is unlikely to steer away from the four-pillar strategy of his successor Ron Sommer who was ousted earlier this week. Sommer had restructured DT, Europe's largest telecommunications company, around four primary areas of business: fixed network; mobile, Internet and IT services.

The group's IT services are targeted primarily at large corporate customers seeking to integrate local and wide-area networks.

Prior to Sommer's departure, rumors had been swirling that the former CEO was mulling the sale of T-System's IT services arm, among other assets, in a bid to reduce the group's massive debt load of more than

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