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Discounter Hofer could be Austria's next new MVNO

Austrian discount retailer set to enter MVNO market – report

Hofer, the Austrian branch of Aldi, is reportedly entering the mobile market in January with its own mobile service offering. It would replace Yesss!, the MVNO Hofer announced it was dropping last December, although the contract is still valid until the end of this year.

3 Austria has rolled out carrier billing

3 Austria gets Android carrier billing

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 group has successfully integrated Google Play direct carrier billing into the network of its Austrian subsidiary, 3 Austria. The company has already rolled out the system in Sweden, Ireland and Hong Kong, allowing apps and other digital goods such as books, music, games as well as the music streaming service Music All Access to be paid for via the mobile bill.

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T-Mobile Austria confirms intent to appeal auction results

The Austrian arm of operator group Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile Austria, has confirmed its intent to appeal the results of the country’s recent LTE spectrum auction. A spokesperson from the operator told telecoms.com that it plans to appeal to Austria’s Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court next week.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO, Telekom Austria

Telekom Austria sees Q3 profit down by 48 per cent

Telekom Austria, which last month paid out more than €1bn in the Austrian LTE spectrum auction, has reported a drop in third quarter profit of almost 50 per cent. Net income for the period was €52.13m, down 48.3 per cent year on year from €99.2m, while revenue declined 5.3 per cent to €1.04bn.

Did Ciena win Nortel’s optical unit?

Austrian spectrum auction comes under fire

Industry consultants have attacked the recent Austrian LTE spectrum auction process, claiming that the outcome took too much money out of the market and threatens competition in the Austrian mobile sector. The fact that incumbent Telekom Austria was able to acquire half of all the spectrum made available could be particularly detrimental.

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

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Austria outlines 4G spectrum auction plans

Austrian regulator the Telekom-Control Commission (TKK) will begin auctioning the country’s 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands in September 2013. A total of 28 frequency blocks of 2x5MHz will be on offer.

Start-ups will win the necessary network infrastructure, technical equipment and specialist support to market their business

Telekom Austria to incubate start-ups

Incumbent operator Telekom Austria this week launched a start-up initiative under its domestic A1 brand. The idea is to select highly skilled individuals with entrepreneurial spirit and leadership potential, who are in the process of starting up a business, and give them the necessary network infrastructure, technical equipment and specialist support to market their business.

Telekom is looking to acquire YESSS from Orange Austria, as Orange itself is bought up by Hutchison 3G (H3G) in a wider deal

Austrian mobile mergers under scrutiny

Austria was a hotbed of activity towards the end of this week as the Austrian Federal Competition Authority applied for an in-depth assessment by the Cartel Court of Telekom Austria’s proposed acquisition of MVNO brand YESSS!

LTE will come to Vienna first

3 Austria goes live with LTE

Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian 3G operation, 3 Austria, on Wednesday switched on its commercial LTE network in Vienna, with a plan to roll out to other major cities in coming months.

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Austrian incumbents win LTE spectrum

The Austrian telecoms regulator has concluded the auction of the country’s 2.6GHz spectrum, to be used for LTE deployments, raising €39.5m from the four incumbent operators Telekom Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile and Orange.

mobilkom intros HSPA+

mobilkom launches HSPA+

Austrian carrier mobilkom laid claim to being the first operator in Europe to launch the HSPA+ flavour of 3G technology on a commercial basis on Monday.

Telekom Austria jumps on femto bandwagon

The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected […]

Telekom Austria to axe 1,500 workers

Austrian carrier Telekom Austria won market approval this week, for its decision to shed 1,250 jobs over the course of 2009. On Wednesday, the operator reported a 6.2 per cent year on year decline to Eur163m during the third quarter, while revenues for the period were up 4 per cent year on year to Eur1.33bn. […]

Austrian carriers blast roaming rate caps

The mobile operators in Austria’s highly competitive market took a break from bitter rivalry on Friday to jointly release research demonstrating the damage done by the EU’s caps on roaming voice prices. The study, commissioned by mobilkom austria, T-Mobile Austria and Orange Austria, claims that the three carriers have experienced a total EBITDA decline of […]

Fring brings true VoIP over 3G to Austria

Mobile VoIP player Fring made wave on Wednesday, announcing a partnership with leading Austrian mobile operator, mobilkom. Under the agreement, mobilkom austria, which offers products under the popular A1 brand, will give customers access to a dedicated version of the Fring mobile client. The fact that this service will use proper VoIP over 3G, rather […]

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