Although AOL is a market leader in several European countries, it is only a distant second in Germany where Deutsche Telekon's T-Online dominates with 3.3 millioncurrent users.
The competition against Deutsche is stiff as the German company has a huge database of telephone users and promotes its online service in its monthly telephone bills
AOL's presence in Germany is through American Online, a joint venture with German media giant Bertelsmann. Another competitor is Manessman-Arcory's Germany.Net.
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