Ralph Dommermuth on 5G and the Dax 40

Ralph Dommermuth

The United Internet founder wants to build a 5G network in Germany with his company.

(Photo: Thies Rätzke for Handesblatt)

Montabaur Over three decades, Ralph Dommermuth established one of the most important internet companies in Germany in Montabaur. In addition to landline and later also mobile communications, it penetrated more and more areas.

Now the 57-year-old boss and major shareholder of United Internet before his most important strategic swing. In future, he no longer wants to rent into the operator’s networks, but rather to set up his own mobile network. Since he first announced the plans in 2018, the share price of his companies United Internet and 1&1 Drillisch however collapsed. Network construction has not yet started. Investors are getting restless.

The road to the network operator is not only long and expensive. He is also attached to important partnerships. Dommermuth needs access to existing networks, at least for a transitional period. But with none of the three operators – Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica – he was able to agree so far.

He accuses them of discrimination. “None of the three established providers voluntarily sells us network capacities at prices in line with the market,” said Dommermuth in an interview with Handelsblatt. At the same time, he is aggressive: “We are decisive and are not afraid of a takeover.”

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