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Telekom IV Trial: Conviction of Hochegger for Fraud Confirmed

The High Court in Austrian (OGH) confirmed the conviction of lobbyist Peter Hochegger for fraud in the Telekom IV trial. The trial concerned payments made by Telekom Austria against bogus invoices to two advertising agencies with ties to rightwing party Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ, Bundnis Zukunft Osterreich). The original ruling was thus confirmed. The twoyear prison sentence has been revoked though, as the court ordered the reopening of another case concerning Hochegger’s alleged false testimony.

November 25, 2015

Telekom Austria Opens New Logistics Centre in Hagenbrunn

Communication service provider A1 has opened a new logistics centre in Hagenbrunn (district Korneuburg). The centre will replace numerous former warehouses among others at Perfektastraße in Vienna-Liesing as central distribution centre. 150 employees have been transferred.

November 18, 2015

Austrian Public Broadcaster's Results Likely Not in the Black

The financial plan of public broadcaster ORF for 2016 lists several costly program events, such as the football cup in France and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. On account of these the result is likely to be barely in the black, CEO Alexander Wrabetz explained. The revenue is estimated to total EUR 942 million (USD 1 billion), the profit of the concern is seen at EUR 1.6 million, compared to the targeted EUR 1.3 million in 2015. The profit of the ORF parent group is estimated at EUR 0.2 million.

November 18, 2015

Telekom Subsidiary Vipnet Buys Croatian Frequencies for EUR 18.6 Million

Vipnet, a Croatian subsidiary of partially state-owned Telekom Austria, has purchased radio frequencies in Croatia for EUR 18.6 million (USD 19.84 million). The company obtained 2 x 3 MHz and 2 x 4.8 MHz in the 1800 MHz range Telekom Austria announced on its homepage.

November 17, 2015

OBIB: Reporting Style Needs Yet to Be Defined

From the point of view of Martha Oberndorfer, General Secretary of state asset management group ÖBIB, the statutory framework for the name-change of the state holding (from ÖIAG) in March has been the right thing to do. However, it still has not been completely cleared how the holding is going to report to the federal government for each quarter.

October 23, 2015

Publisher Bauer Makes Development Plans in Austria

German publishing group Bauer Media Group is reorganizing its Austrian arm and plans new product development and acquisitions on the Austrian market. Bazar Media has been the basis of Bauer activities in Austria so far. It is the operator of one of the biggest small ads portals in Austria. Its new name is now Bauer Media Austria GmbH & Co KG.

October 22, 2015

The Miss Earth Beauty Pageant is Coming to Vienna

Miss Earth, an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness is celebrating its 15th year in Vienna. Along with its rivals Miss Universe and Miss World, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues. Climate Change will be the focus of Miss Earth for its Crystal Year celebration. Around 90 delegates from all over the world will be arriving on November 18, to start their activities and converge at the Marx Halle in Vienna on December 5, 2015 for the Coronation Night.

October 9, 2015

Telekom Austrian Manager Leaves Company

The Corporate Communications director of Telekom Austria, Peter Schiefer, is leaving the company as of the end of September, following a reorientation of the concern’s communication and sustainability division. On an interim basis Livia Dandrea-Böhm will take on the position of director of communications and spokesperson of A1, Telekom Austria reported.

September 15, 2015

Allianz Launched Mobile Phone Business with Ventocom

Insurer Allianz has launched a new mobile phone operator business in collaboration with Ventocom in Austria. The new product will cover mobile phone tariffs and insurance of mobile appliances. The "Allianz SIM” will be the first noninsurance product of the concern.

September 8, 2015

Hutchison's Austrian Telco 3 Attracted More Clients

The new discount mobile network HoT hasn't slowed down 3 (Hutchison). 3, after A1 and T-Mobile the third-biggest Austrian mobile network operator raised the number of its customers in H1 by the end of June by about 100,000 to 3.7 million. Consolidated sales increased, compared to the first half of 2014 by 4 percent to EUR 355 million (USD 400.7 million).

August 28, 2015