Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom submits digital vaccine passport bid

03 March 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Deutsche Telekom has pitched a digital vaccination passport solution to the German government as the country advances plans to allow travel this summer.

CEO Tim Hoettges told reporters during the telco's financial results last Friday that a bid was planned; by Monday, a spokesperson had confirmed the bid was submitted ahead of the deadline that day.

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn, wants the so called digital green pass scheme ready by mid-May and plans for it to identify those who are both vaccinated, or immune after recovering from the disease.

Details on how people in the latter group will be identified have not yet been released. Details on the tech that could be used are also thin on the ground and early reports that Microsoft is involved have not been confirmed by either party.

However, this isn't the first time Deutsche Telekom has lent its expertise to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Germany.

Following a collaboration with SAP and other partners, Deutsche Telekom released the Corona Warn app, designed to interrupt infection chains, in June last year. The Bluetooth-based app has been downloaded more than 26 million times.

With a focus on transparency, at the time Deutsche Telekom highlighted its open-source approach, which saw more than 109,000 individual visitors review the code.

These developments coincide with Germany digitalising its vaccination records. German citizen's vaccination records are currently held on passport-sized yellow booklets, which do not confer any travel privileges. In plans that pre-date the pandemic, these are due to go digital in 2022.

The full plans for the Covid-19 digital green pass will be presented by the EU on 17 March.