United Internet

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United Internet AG
Traded as FWBUTDI
Industry Telecommunications
Predecessor 1&1 EDV-Marketing GmbH
Founded 1988 (1988)
Headquarters Montabaur, Germany
Key people
Ralph Dommermuth (CEO and chairman of the management board), Kurt Dobitsch (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Services ISP, web hosting, webmail
Revenue €2.397 billion (2012)[1]
€153.7 million (2012)[1]
Profit €71.5 million (2012)[1]
Total assets €1.241 billion (end 2012)[1]
Total equity €815 million (end 2012)[1]
Number of employees
6,254 (end 2012)[1]
Website [1]

United Internet AG is a German Internet services company. With 2.91 million DSL customer contracts, it is a leading ISP in Germany.[2] It is headquartered in Montabaur, Rhineland-Palatinate.[3] Since 2003, it is listed on the TecDAX. In its operating business, United Internet AG acts primarily via 1&1 Internet and is active in various countries (as of February 2014: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, and USA).[4]

United Internet operates its own Internet backbone with computer clusters at several Internet exchange points (DE-CIX, INXS (Vodafone Munich Exchange), AMS-IX, LINX).[5]


In July 2008, United Internet AG acquired a 30% stake in Jimdo GmbH.[6] Jimdo's website builder became the core of 1&1's MyWebsite product (formerly dubbed "MyBusiness Site)".[7] Jimdo bought back its shares in 2009.[8]

United Internet AG's subsidiary 1&1 Internet AG acquired the DSL business from Freenet AG for EUR 123 million in May 2009.[9]

In 2013, through its subsidiary United Internet Ventures the company acquired a 25% share in Open Source Software company Open-Xchange.[10]

In February 2014 United Internet announced the acquisition of a 25% stake in e-commerce software company ePages.[11] ePages announced on the same day that the company will provide a new global e-commerce platform for customers of United Internet's 1&1 brand.[12]

In September 2014, United Internet announced it had agreed to acquire a 74.9 percent stake in Versatel from KKR for a fee of around €586 million.[13]


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