Telekom Austria fleshes out plans for its new enterprise-focused arm

Telekom Austria, enterprise, cloud, IoT

Telekom Austria has unveiled details of a new business unit that aims to provide “digital” services to SMEs across the eight European markets in which it operates.

A1 digital plans to offer IoT and cloud-based ICT solutions to SMEs, the operator said.

The news comes eight months after Telekom Austria announced plans for such a division.

The business unit, which will be based in Vienna, will be led by former Siemens exec Elisabetta Castiglioni.

Outside of its home market, A1 digital will focus on Germany in particular and said planned to create a separate company based in Munich “in the future”.

Castiglioni said: “Digitalisation offers huge opportunities and possibilities and we as A1 digital can offer products and services that support our customers in precisely this area and help them to generate the greatest possible benefit.

“Digitalisation will change traditional business models, ushering in structural change. Digitalisation will thus become a key strategic issue.”

[Read more: Telekom Austria acquires enterprise-focused telco in Croatia]

Castiglioni added: “A1 digital operates from Vienna in both the local and international markets.

“We are not constrained by national borders, because our services and customers are not limited to any borders.”

Telekom Austria saw sales fall 0.5 percent last year, while EBITDA dropped 2.6 percent.

CEO Alejandro Plater said: “With Elisabetta Castiglioni we have gained a top manager who has a wealth of international experience and a proven track record in the telecommunications and technology industry.

“With her experience in growing new business areas and her deep knowledge of how global companies act, Elisabetta is the ideal candidate to drive the paradigm shift away from our traditional core business toward digitalisation.”

More News

Telcos urge EU to align new privacy rules with GDPR Telcos urge EU to align new privacy rules with GDPR Proposed EU rules to govern consumer data use in the electronic communications industry could hamper innovation and economic growth in the sector, according to ETNO and the GSMA. More detail
Orange Business Services hails new deal with Dubai tech unicorn Orange Business Services hails new deal with Dubai tech unicorn Orange’s enterprise arm will supply networking and contact centre services to Dubai-based ride-hailing company Careem after winning a three-year contract. More detail
Cisco looks to re-code enterprise networks with DNA upgrade Cisco looks to re-code enterprise networks with DNA upgrade Cisco has added new features to its enterprise IT network solution that use the likes of analytics and machine learning to boost productivity and improve security. More detail
Ericsson sells power modules business to Flex Ericsson sells power modules business to Flex Ericsson is selling its power modules arm to electronics manufacturer Flex as it looks to improve profitability and focus on core areas. More detail
Swisscom enterprise chief departs to seek new challenge Swisscom enterprise chief departs to seek new challenge The head of Swisscom’s enterprise arm is leaving the operator after a 17-year career. More detail
    

@eurocomms