In its Wholesale business area, the Telekom Austria Group offers high-quality products and services to other telecommunication operators and major business clients at a national and international level. The Telekom Austria Group’s international wholesale footprint, which was significantly expanded in 2014 thanks to a wholesale cooperation with América Móvil, forms the basis for these innovative solutions.
The wholesale portfolio
Tie-up with América Móvil creates one of the world’s largest fibre networks
One of the most important success stories in the Telekom Austria Group’s Wholesale business area in 2014 was the expansion of its wholesale footprint for voice and data services thanks to a wholesale cooperation with its new majority shareholder, América Móvil. For the Telekom Austria Group, which is contributing its extensive technological expertise and its local presence in Europe in particular, the new cooperation represents an important further step towards a global presence in this segment. For customers, the cooperation means even more efficient solutions thanks to enhanced, end-to-end managed networks with a single point of contact.
Supplementing the cooperation with KPN International in Europe which has been in place since August 2013, the wholesale cooperation with América Móvil means that the Telekom Austria Group has a shared infrastructure with 200 points of presence (PoP) in 47 countries.
The future is ‘Convergence 2.0’
In addition to voice and data services, the Telekom Austria Group’s wholesale product range includes satellite communication solutions based on the satellite infrastructure in Aflenz, Austria, which allows operators from all parts of Europe to offer convergent products. Thanks to the Telekom Austria Group’s innovative solution, mobile operators will be able to become convergent providers within just a few months in future. It allows them to sell mobile, TV and internet packages to end customers, avoiding substantial infrastructure investments.
- Winner of the ‘Global Telecoms
Business Innovation Award 2014’
in the ‘Wholesale Service Innovation’
category with the direct2home product
- Winner of the ‘Eutelsat TV Awards 2014’
in the ‘innovation’ category for offering
SAT DTH as whitelabel business model
- Nomination as best pan-European wholesale
network operator at the
‘Global Carrier Award 2014’
direct2home satellite platform wins GTB Award 2014
The innovative solutions offered by the Telekom Austria Group as a result of the bundling of its infrastructure and expertise in the areas of satellite communications and TV content have also successfully been acknowledged in the form of the GTB Award. This renowned prize for innovation, which is awarded by the industry magazine ‘Global Telecoms Business’ (GTB), was given to the Wholesale business area in May 2014 in recognition of ‘direct2home’, a package with which the Telekom Austria Group is meeting the rising demand among end customers for convergent products and offering other providers a point of entry to the pay-TV market.
In late 2013 the Telekom Austria Group became the first Austrian provider to launch a wholesale platform for LTE data roaming, thereby providing the ideal basis for quick surfing when abroad. With the expansion of its existing signalling infrastructure to include LTE signalling based on the IPX (Internet Protocol Exchange) network, the Telekom Austria Group is perfectly equipped to meet the growth in LTE data traffic.
Industry giant VimpelCom Group comes on board as new signalling customer
In October 2014 VimpelCom Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunication providers with 221 million customers, selected the Telekom Austria Group as its signalling partner.
The Telekom Austria Group became
the first network operator to receive
the important MEF CE 2.0 (Metro
Ethernet Forum Certificate 2.0)
certification for its Etherlink services
throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
Successful field trial: Data speeds quadrupled to 400 GbPS
High-performance backbones are essential for international wholesale customers. This is why the Telekom Austria Group continuously performs field trials of new technologies at an early stage in order to test the performance of its networks between key international nodes. In spring 2014, for example, the Group once again demonstrated its innovative strength with a field test between Zagreb, Croatia, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. In cooperation with its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent, the Group verified the potential for quadrupling the current data speeds of 100 Gbps to 400 Gbps using the existing fibre-optic cables.
Further growth in sight
Thanks to the aforementioned partnerships with KPN International and América Móvil, the Telekom Austria Group already has one of the world’s largest fibre networks at its disposal. However, the Group intends to even further expand its global footprint in the wholesale segment through additional partnerships and organic growth. It will achieve this by efficiently and effectively utilising synergies throughout the entire Group while simultaneously and continuously evolving its wholesale products in order to ensure that it remains a one-stop solution offering innovative products to its customers in future.