ots Ad hoc-Service: WEB.DE AG WEB.DE launches convincing B2B communications market product for SMEs

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    WEB.DE launches convincing B2B communications market product for SMEs

    Karlsruhe-based WEB.DE AG is entering the B2B communications market via WEB.DE pro GmbH, Nuremberg - the renamed System Design GmbH, Nuremberg which it acquired in May 2000.

    From late summer 2000 onwards, WEB.DE pro will offer traders, freelancers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany customized Web-based unified messaging services comprising a Web-based fax server, voice mail server, e-mail server, SMS and mobile WAP access. These services make professional users location-independent and flexible. They do not require any upfront investment, can be used out of the box and are based on a monthly fee, which will be roughly the same as that charged for a telephone connection.

    This will boost WEB.DE AG's potential sales in the long term by offering an additional high-growth source of revenue on a monthly basis, as for telcos. Companies have to communicate, and the Web is the ideal platform for this.

    WEB.DE AG's Unified Messaging Service (UMS) FreeMail has swept the board in the tests conducted in Germany. The company won all 11 trials run by leading specialist magazines in the area of e-mail and unified messaging in the past months. WEB pro GmbH's B2B communications market product, UMS pro, is based on FreeMail and will contribute gross margins of 80% to the company's results.

    In this way, WEB.DE - the market leader in the UMS segment with 1.3 million users - aims to establish itself on the market for more than 2.0 million traders, freelancers and SMEs. In a recent study, US market research institute Frost & Sullivan forecasts sales of around US$ 10.8 billion for 2002, corresponding to growth rates of more than 100% p.a.


    Richard Berg, WEB.DE AG, Investor Relations, Tel.: +49 (0) 721 94 329 260 Fax +49 (0) 721 94 329 22, E-mail: rb@webde-ag.de, http://webde-ag.de

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