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Telekom Austria: Supervisory Board Satisfied About New CEO

"Today’s decision is a good measure for the development of Telekom Austria group and it has allowed to create clear and costconscious management structure,” supervisory board chairman Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer commented towards the press about the appointment of the new CEO, Alejandro Plater, who will replace Hannes Ametsreiter.

July 27, 2015

Telekom Austria Appoints Alejandro Plater as CEO

Telekom Austria announces that its Supervisory Board has allocated the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities to Alejandro Plater (47) as proposed by the two majority shareholders América Móvil and Österreichische Bundes- und Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (ÖBIB). This appointment will be effective as of 1 August 2015.

July 24, 2015

Telekom Austria Turns to EUR 171.4 Mln Net Profit in H1

Listed incumbent telco Telekom Austria, a unit of America Movil, posted EUR 171.4 million (USD 186.9 million) net profit in H1 2015, way better than a EUR 264.3 million loss in H1 2014, the company said.

July 17, 2015

Austria Telekom CEO Ametsreiter Saying Goodbye

Telekom Austria reported on Friday about a record-high half-year profit of EUR 171 million, exceeding analysts forecasts four times. EBITDA margin was at 34 percent, which was just as impressive as the rate of return, departing Telekom Austria CEO Hannes Ametsreiter told the press. The CEO said his farewell to the company on Friday, too. Once he leaves officially at the end of July, Ametsreiter is going to become head of Vodafone Germany as of 1 October 2015. He stressed in his speech, how difficult the competition was in Austria.

July 17, 2015

Styria Media Group Lost EUR 27.7 Million in 2014

Media company Styria Media Group, among others publisher of dailies Kleine Zeitung, Presse and WirtschaftsBlatt, posted a negative EBT of EUR 27.7 million (USD 30.5 million) in 2014, due to goodwill amortisation.

July 15, 2015

Consumer Federation Loses Against A1 Telekom Austria

The biggest telco service provider in Austria, A1 Telekom Austria, the subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group has recently introduced an index-related tariff raise. The Verein für Konsumenteninformation, a consumer association, which opposes this unilateral stipulation, has lost its dispute against Telekom Austria. A1 Telekom Austria, has scored a partial victory: Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Cruz Villalon, opined that an index-related tariff raise of A1 was not a reason to terminate contracts.

July 9, 2015

Merger of Macedonian Telekom Subsidiary with One Approved

Macedonian antitrust authorities have approved the merger of the Macedonian subsidiary of Telekom Austria (Vip Operator) and Telekom Slovenije (One), Slovenian economic magazine "Finance” reported online.

July 9, 2015

Styria Media Group Sells Men's Magazine "Wiener”

Following the restructuring of the magazine division of Styria Media Group at the beginning of the year, the media house will get rid of the men's magazine "Wiener”.

July 7, 2015

Telekom Austria Fined in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian antitrust authorities KZK have imposed a fine equivalent to EUR 185,000 (USD 205,000) on M-tel, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria. The reason for this are offers from the year 2012. Mtel offered free devices for signing a mobile telephony subscription economic newspaper "Kapital” reported on Friday. From the point of view of the authorities, this was an unfair commercial practice.

July 3, 2015

Austrian Ad Spending Up by 7 Pct Y/Y

Austrian companies spent EUR 6.4 billion (USD 7.1 billion) on advertising, up by a clear 7 percent y/y, show the results of a survey conducted by researcher marketmind for Post among 500 enterprises.

June 30, 2015