T-Systems lands €100-million TUI deal

Deutsche Telekom’s unit T-Systems announced on Tuesday it had won a €100-million deal to build a telecommunications network for UK-based travel company TUI.

T-Systems lands €100-million TUI deal
Photo: DPA

A spokesman for Telekom’s IT and business unit confirmed a report in the daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung that T-Systems would set up and operate TUI’s pan-European network for telephony and data over the next five years.

“We’re bringing our international business more closely together,” TUI’s IT chief Jim Mann told the paper. “That will enable us to improve our operations and customer service while cutting costs.”

T-Systems will connect the company’s 25,000 employees in seven different countries via a common IT network allowing them to video conference securely from their normal PCs. The system should also enable travel agencies to react more quickly to changes in TUI’s offerings.

The paper reported the hefty contract was being heralded internally at T-Systems as a “big deal” that would hopefully open the way to more business from large customers.

The Telekom unit recently landed energy giant BP, electronics concern Philips and logistics firm DHL, but insiders hope the volume of the TUI will help cement T-Systems position internationally.

“We’re the only provider in Europe offering one-stop convergent solutions for IT and telecommunications,” T-Systems boss Reinhard Clemens told the paper.

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.