Posts filed under ‘Austria’
Tele2 Austria is rumoured to be considering reducing its workforce by up to a quarter as it restructures to cut operating costs. A report from Die Presses says that around 100 employees are to be made redundant, though Tele2 has not yet commented on the rumours. Tele2 Austria called off its search for a buyer in August last year when it received no offers to match its EUR60 million minimum valuation.
As reported in a press release, Mobilkom Austria is deploying an enhanced network based on an IMS-ready Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) solution supplied by Kapsch CarrierCom and Nortel Networks, to support regional expansion of mobile broadband and other services. The solution is designed to convert Mobilkom Austria’s existing network into a robust, carrier-grade network with added flexibility for introducing new applications including TV- and GPS-based services, and enhanced reliability, as well as ensuring quality of service. The companies have completed the first phase of the project in Austria and work has already begun on upgrades at the group’s subsidiaries in Slovenia (Si.Mobil) and Liechtenstein (Mobilkom Liechtenstein). Mobilkom’s solution is founded on Nortel’s Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA)-based MSC server, which promises lower maintenance and operation costs and requires less space and power. ‘The ATCA-compliant, All-IP Voice Core Solution being used by Mobilkom Austria helps cut operating costs and offers ease of transition to enhanced services, including IMS,’ said Peter Newcombe, vice-president, Carrier Networks, EMEA, Nortel.
Mobilkom Austria has partnered with handset vendor Nokia and national rail operator OeBB to trial a mobile ticketing solution. The system uses chip-based Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, allowing customers to receive electronic tickets which can then be validated at the touch of a button. 100 users have been signed up for the three-month trial which will run on the rail line between Vienna and Krems.
T-Mobile Austria has dropped the price of the 8GB iPhone 3G from €99 to a surprising €1 when paired with a €45/month service contract, with no service payment for the first month, and offering a €45 discount for online orders. This is the lowest we’ve ever seen a new iPhone 3G going for anywhere in the world to date.