BONN, GERMANY and LOS ALTOS, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2012) - Deutsche Telekom and Box today announced a strategic partnership to bring the power of cloud based collaboration solutions to millions of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Germany and other markets. Under the agreement, Deutsche Telekom will offer Box's secure content sharing and collaboration platform as a trusted, validated and supported solution in Deutsche Telekom's Business Marketplace -- the company's new eco-system that helps firms find, purchase and manage innovative and safe cloud based software solutions for their business needs.
"This partnership with Box is a further milestone in DT's innovation strategy and once again we are showing the new way of partnering at Deutsche Telekom. Our aim is it to bring much more innovation from outside in and to bring the very best cloud solutions to our customers," says Phil Zamani, Senior Vice President Digital Business Unit (DBU) Cloud Services at Deutsche Telekom. "As a trusted partner to millions of existing and new SMBs -- our customers are looking for simple-to-use yet best-of-breed solutions. Box and Deutsche Telekom share a common goal to help SMBs to be more productive."
"In today's global economy, the speed with which companies manage and share information across teams, departments and organizations can be the ultimate source of competitive advantage," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. "Legacy technologies simply can't keep up with the nature and pace of business today -- many other consumer focused solutions also do not have the levels of security needed to protect business users. Box was born in the cloud and built for today's post-PC business landscape. We're thrilled to be able to work with Deutsche Telekom and provide its customers with the ability to securely access and share information from anywhere, on any device."
With this partnership, Box will be one of the leading cloud collaboration solutions promoted by Deutsche Telekom to its SMB customers -- allowing them to safely manage and share information from anywhere and on any device. To date, more than 14 million people at 140,000 businesses across the globe, including 92% of the Fortune 500, use Box. The company is also aggressively expanding to meet accelerating customer demand, having recently opened European offices in London and more than doubling its employee base in less than one year. Using the Business Marketplace, every existing Deutsche Telekom SMB client or new customer can purchase, implement and manage their Box account all through Deutsche Telekom, including simple one-stop access to customer support, billing and single-sign-on login access to all user accounts.
Deutsche Telekom and Box have also signed a strategic technology partnering agreement that will see both firms working together to further extend their joint solutions in areas such as security and ease-of-use for SMBs and larger enterprises.
The Business Marketplace, launched in July 2012, provides small and medium businesses with a trusted resource to help them research and purchase IT solutions. By leveraging the DT Business Marketplace, companies can concentrate on their core business, instead of spending valuable time and resources on vetting and managing technology.
The Box Business solution is available across Germany from today within DT's Business Marketplace. As a special offer Box Business is free of charge until January 31st, 2013. The Business Marketplace allows companies to evaluate recommended applications free of charge and to later subscribe to the services, helping them to only purchase the products they need to power their business. Box and Deutsche Telekom share plans to extend the offering to businesses of all sizes across many other markets in the near future.
For more information on the Box and Deutsche Telekom please visit www.telekom.de/cloud/businessmarketplace.
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About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with almost 130 million mobile customers, 33 million fixed-network lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of June 30, 2012). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 233,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year -- more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone applications, among others, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.