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Mobilkom Macedonia (VIP Mobile) doubled its revenues in the first quarter of this year, according to the financial report published by its parent Telekom Austria. In the three months under review VIP Mobile reported revenues of EUR3.9 million (USD5.3 million), compared with EUR1.8 million in the same time period last year. The strong rise was attributed to ‘high subscription fees’ as well as a significant increase in the number of customers on its books. Nevertheless, the company posted a net pre-tax loss of EUR4.3 million in the first three months of 2009, down from a loss of EUR6 million in the same time period last year. VIP Mobile, the third largest mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia by subscribers, had 213,000 customers by 31 March 2009, compared to 163,300 customers a year earlier. The number of subscribers has declined from 242,000 at the end of December 2008 however, as a result of the firm removing inactive customers from its base.
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.
Czech mobile start-up U:fon, the operating arm of local concern MobilKom, is launching two new tariffs to residential customers, offering bundled voice telephony and internet access with connection speeds of between 256kbps and 700kbps, for either CZK400 or CZK600 (USD18.69 or USD28.04) per month. U:fon started out as a data services provider and added mobile voice calls to its existing portfolio of data transmission and fixed-wireless call services in June 2008. Its CDMA network now covers 80% of the population, a figure it hopes to increase to 85% by the end of the year.
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.
Telekom Austria announces the net additions it made in the mobile sector in the month of November and December of 2008. The group posted a subscriber base of 17.8 million at the end of December 2008, up from 15.4 million a year earlier, a rise of 15.2%. Mobilkom Austria reported 140,500 net addition during Q4′08 expanding its susbcriber base to 4.5 million. Mobitel Bulgaria added 202,500 subscribers in Q4′08 whereas Velcom, Belarus’ second largest telco, saw a rise in subscriber base by 20.9% from 3.1 million customers at year-end 2007 to 3.7 million at the end of 2008. VIPnet, the Croatian incumbent, grew its subscriber base by 14.7% to 570,600 subscribers. VIP Serbia’s subscriber base rose by 78.4% to 907,900 subscriber base at December’08 end on the other hand VIP Macedonia, had 242,000 subscribers at year-end 2008 compared to 141,200 subscribers at the end of 2007, an increase of 71.4%.