ots Ad hoc-Service: WEB.DE AG WEB.DE starts with Internet Telephony Services in Germany

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    Karlsruhe (ots Ad hoc-Service) -              The Karlsruhe based WEB.DE AG launched today its technology and infrastructure for German wide internet telephony. WEB.DE implemented its internet telephony system using to the voice over IP technology. This technology enables users to do telephone calls over the Internet from PCs into the any conventional telephone for local telephone charges- WEB.DE got access to this technology over its stake in VoIP-Group, Miami, USA.

    As a first application of this technology WEB.DE offers internet telephony as an additional feature within WEB.DE's Unified Messaging Service WEB.DE FreeMail. This feature has been implemented into an innovative service, financed through banner advertisements on a "pay per click" basis. The business model of this new service is based on a gross margin of approximately 80%. WEB.DE FreeMail German's leading Unified Messaging services is already used by over 2.1 million subscribers.

    Additional applications like e.g. the integration into the B2B communication solution of WEB.DE's daughter company Workways GmbH and the extension into international calls are already in preparation.

    With this move WEB.DE further extends its business model and is once more an early mover in a world market that is expected to be worth $ 5,8 billion in 2002 and 52,7 billion in 2005 regarding a study of the American market research institute, Frost & Sullivan.


    WEB.DE AG, Richard Berg, Investor Relations, tel. +49.721.94329 260, fax +49.721.94329 22, eMail investor.relations@webde-ag.de, http://webde-ag.de

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