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16.12.2004 – 15:45

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euro adhoc: freenet.de AG
Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers / freenet.de AG buys Talkline ID

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freenet.de AG / Hamburg - freenet.de AG, Hamburg (SIN 579200) is
signing a contract to take over the value-added services and
telephony company Talkline ID, headquartered in Bonn. The takeover is
subject to clearance by Germany's Federal Cartel Office and other
suspensive conditions, and is expected to close in Q1/2005. Both
parties agreed to maintain strict silence about the purchase price.
The Talkline ID GmbH was founded in Düsseldorf in 1991 as the
InfoLine GmbH and has been part of the Talkline group of companies
since 1992. 
The sectors Internet and telecommunications are merging increasingly
with the media landscape and its contents. Television is becoming
ever more interactive - today with the aid of telephone response and
tomorrow increasingly via the Internet. Through the acquisition of
Talkline ID, freenet is keeping pace with this development and is
thus excellently prepared for the future.
The acquisition also fundamentally strengthens freenet.de AG's B2B
arm, allowing it to offer B2B customers attractive new applications
in the future. Customers will benefit from highly efficient corporate
connectivity solutions as well as Intelligent Network (IN) products
complete with Audiotex¹ platforms. The new range includes a wealth of
individual added-value services such as toll-free numbers, directory
services, interactive calls and Premium SMS speed-dialing. freenet
expects that the Talkline acquisition will take its B2B business to a
new dimension.
The Talkline ID GmbH is headquartered in Bonn, with offices in
Elmshorn, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, and has roughly 80 employees.
It is one of Germany's biggest and most powerful vendors of
value-added products. Talkline ID specializes in clients from the
media sector (TV, radio, publishing companies), agencies,
entertainment, call-center and consumer-goods companies/ brand-name
manufacturers. 
¹The Audiotex or Interactive Voice Response system is a voice dialog
system that allows for callers to hold partially or fully automated
natural-voice dialogs.
end of announcement                    euro adhoc 16.12.2004 15:09:46 

Further inquiry note:

freenet.de AG
Investor Relations
Andreas Neumann
Tel.: +49 (0)40 51306 778
E-Mail: IR@freenet-ag.de

Branche: Online
ISIN: DE0005792006
WKN: 579200
Index: TecDAX, Prime Standard
Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
Bayerische Börse / free trade
Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade

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