A1 Telekom Austria Group

A1 Telekom Austria Group is a provider of a range of fixed-line, broadband Internet, multimedia services, data, and IT systems, wholesale as well as mobile payment services. It is a subsidiary of Mexican telecommunications conglomerate América Móvil since 2014, and its headquarters are in Vienna.[2] The company operates subsidiaries in seven European countries: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Its largest subsidiary is the Austrian telecommunications provider A1 Telekom Austria.[3]

Telekom Austria AG
TypePublicly traded subsidiary (Aktiengesellschaft)
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998)
Area served
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
Key people
RevenueIncrease4.74 billion (2021)[1]
Increase€753.4 million (2021)[1]
Increase€455 million (2021)[1]
Total assetsIncrease€8.572 billion (2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease€3.115 billion (2021)[1]
OwnerAmérica Móvil (51%)
ÖBAG (28.42%)
Number of employees
17,856 (2021)[1]
ParentAmérica Móvil (51%) (2014–present)

History change

Previous logo (2013–2018)

Telekom Austria's earliest predecessor, the state-owned PTT agency K.K Post- und Telegraphenverwaltung (PTV), was formed in 1887 when all telephone and mail services in Austria-Hungary were taken over by the state. After World War I, the Austrian portion of the company became simply Post- und Telegraphenverwaltung.

In 1996, with the passage of the Post Restructuring Act, PTV was restructured as a public corporation, Post-und Telekom Austria AG (PTA AG). Only two years later, the telecommunications sector was fully deregulated and PTA was split, with the telecom side becoming Telekom Austria. The company was fully privatised in 2000 and was listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (it delisted from the latter in 2007).

In June 2000, the company invested about 15 million euros to rebrand itself as Jet2Web. However, Jet2Web failed to succeed in the market, because it was perceived as unreliable. The use of the name was discontinued in 2002, and the company name Telekom Austria was revived as the brand name with a new logo.[4]

In June 2006, the company was split into the holding company Telekom Austria Group, with the public switched telephone network becoming Telekom Austria FixNet AG, which was later renamed Telekom Austria TA AG. In doing so, Telekom Austria FixNet AG became a sister company of affiliate Mobilkom Austria AG.

Both merged in 2010 to form A1 Telekom Austria.[5] Foreign subsidiaries of Mobilkom Austria were transferred to the holding company, so that A1 Telekom Austria would only deal with the Austrian market.

In 2011, misdemeanours by company directors between 2004 and 2006 became public, erupting into a scandal known as the Telekom-Affäre.

As of the end of 2016, Telekom Austria Group had 18,203 employees and generated about €4.2 billion in revenues.[6]

In 2020, all shares of Telecom Liechtenstein were sold to the Principality.

Stakeholders change

On 23 April 2014 Carlos Slim, owner of America Movil, took control of Telekom Austria by forming a syndicate agreement between ÖIAG and America Movil, spending as much as $2 billion to buy out minority shareholders and investing up to 1 billion euros ($1.38 billion) into the company. America Movil sees Telekom Austria as a "platform for expansion into Central and Eastern Europe". Labour representatives boycotted the decision on the syndicate agreement at the ÖIAG supervisory board meeting for 12 hours criticising lack of explicit job guarantees.[7]

Subsidiaries change

A1 Telekom Austria Group operates the following subsidiaries:

Controversy change

A1 Telekom reduced mobile Internet bandwidth in Minsk during 2020 Belarusian protests at the request of Belarusian officials.[8]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "A1 Telekom Austria Group's Combined Annual Report for 2021" (PDF). www.a1.group. 9 February 2022.[permanent dead link]
  2. Address Headquarter Archived 8 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Ownership structure - Telekom Austria. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  4. "Neue Dachmarke - Jet2Web war "nie glaubhaft"". Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  5. m.b.H., STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft. "Fusion von Telekom und Mobilkom im Firmenbuch".
  6. "Annual Report 2016". telekomaustria.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  7. Georgina Prodhan; Angelika Gruber (24 April 2014). "Slim seeks to build Telekom Austria into European player". Reuters. Retrieved 24 April 2014. "There came a point where we felt there was just not very much more to be done in terms of expansion in the Americas," Garcia Moreno told a news conference in Vienna
  8. "Belarus: Internet Disruptions, Online Censorship". Human Rights Watch. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.

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