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Ukraine: Epic to Sell Ukrtelekom

Viennese financial investor Epic plans to sell the Ukrainian telecom provider Ukrtelekom. Oligarch Akhmetov will take over 92.8 percent of Epic.

June 6, 2013

Slovenia: Commission’s Target to Be Achieved in September

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Gregor Virant announced that Slovenia will achieve the EU Commission’s aim for approving more budget cuts by the end of September to avoid international bailout.

June 6, 2013

Slovenia: NKBM Still In the Reds

Particularly high risk provision caused the bank a net loss of € 8.5m. Even for the whole of 2013, losses are expected.

May 31, 2013

Hungary: EDP to Be Dropped.

Hungary can count on the termination of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) by the European Union.

May 27, 2013

US Software Producer Oracle to Invest in Romania

US software producer Oracle will invest approximately € 100m in Romania

May 14, 2013

Serbia: Telekom Srbija to Be Privatized

According to reports by the media, the Serbian government wants to take another try to privatize Telekom Srbija.

April 23, 2013

Hungary: Dissatisfaction Towards Government Grows

Right-wing leader Viktor Orban has been in parliament for almost three years. But the promised reforms and changes to improve the economic situation came to nothing. Protests are arising.

March 18, 2013

Romania: Turnover of Market Services Decreased 14.1 % in January

In January 2013, the turnover of market services rendered mainly to enterprises, in nominal terms, decreased compared to the previous month.

March 14, 2013

Slovak Unemployment Rate on the Rise

In January, compared with January 2012, the employment decreased in five surveyed sectors.

March 14, 2013

Estonia: Hope For Employment Rate to Increase

Employment continued to grow at the end of 2012.

March 8, 2013

Does the Hungarian Telecommunication Sector Face Nationalizations?

According to rumors, Hungary´s government plans to nationalize the Hungarian subsidiary of the telecommunication operator Vodafone.

March 2, 2013

T-Mobile: Profitability Deteriorates

The Austrian subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom suffers from declining turnover and EBITDA figures.

February 28, 2013

T-Mobile Continues Fight Against Orange Takeover

After the takeover of “Orange” by Hutchison Austria, the situation of telecommunication sector has changed significantly. T-Mobile´s management thinks that the takeover is unlawful.

February 19, 2013

Telekom Austria Placed a € 600m Hybrid Bond

The Telekom Austria Group announces that, after a successful roadshow in Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands, it has yesterday placed a hybrid bond with a volume of € 600m and a coupon of 5.625%.

January 25, 2013

Telekom Austria Has Gained Market Power

After the acquisition of the discount brand “Yesss!”, the market leader Telekom Austria could increase its lead. Nevertheless, the telecommunication group has to manage a lot of challenges this year.

January 15, 2013

Orange: Hundreds of Jobs Endangered

After the takeover of the Austrian telecommunication operator Orange by Hutchison, the management wants to take advantage of the synergies.

January 8, 2013 · Updated: January 8, 2013; 12:00

T-Mobile Fights Against Orange-Takeover

The second-biggest telecommunication operator in Austria wants to prevent the takeover of Orange by Hutchison.

January 2, 2013

Hutchison Takes Over Orange

The Austrian subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based telecommunication group Hutchison Whampoa is now officially entitled to acquire its competitor Orange.

December 22, 2012

Austrian Competition Authority May Prevent Orange-Takeover

This week, the EU-Commission has approved the acquisition of the third-biggest telecommunication company by Hutchison Austria. Austria´s BWB (Federal Competition Authority) is seen as risk factor.

December 15, 2012

Orange Takeover Finally Approved

After more than ten months, the EU Commission approved the takeover of the third-largest Austrian telecommunication operator by the competitor Hutchison Austria.

December 12, 2012

Orange-Takeover: Commission to Announce Decision Next Week

EU Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that the final decision will be published next week. The deal is likely to be approved.

December 8, 2012

Telekom Austria: Reappointment of CEO Ametsreiter Uncertain

The future of Telekom Austria´s top management is still open. Anyway, the company gets a third management board member.

December 6, 2012

Orange-Takeover: One Step Closer to the Goal

Telekom Austria is allowed to take over the discount operator Yesss!. Now, only the Commission has to approve the whole deal.

November 27, 2012

Hutchison Austria: Takeover Approved

The EU Commission allows the Hong Kong-based telecommunication group to take over its Austrian competitor “Orange”. The Austrian Federal Competition Authority is not convinced yet.

November 21, 2012

Telekom Austria´s Profit Falls Considerably

In the third quarter of 2012, the net income was down by 22%. Revenues declined slightly. In the first nine months of 2012, the performance could improve against the reference period.

November 14, 2012

Telekom Austria Under Pressure

The biggest telecommunication operator in Austria is expected to record lower profits. Moreover, the share price has reached an all-time low today.

November 12, 2012

T-Mobile´s Turnover Shrinks

The second-biggest Austrian telecommunication operator records a decrease in earnings and sales.

November 8, 2012

Telekom Austria´s Vipnet Invests in Croatia

Telekom Austria´s Croatian subsidiary Vipnet Acquires 10 MHz of 800 MHz Spectrum for approximately € 20m in Croatia.

October 30, 2012

Merger Hutchison „3“ and Orange: EU Commission Extends Examination Phase

The Commission announced that the deadline for the deal will be postponed by three weeks.

October 22, 2012

„Austrian Telecommunication Market Is Damaged“

The new CEO of T-Mobile Austria Andreas Bierwirth wants to cut costs drastically. The profitability of the telecommunication industry would suffer from the decreasing prices.

October 17, 2012

Orange Austria Improves Profitability

The third-largest Austrian telecommunication operator records a decrease in revenues. Net income was up, however.

October 17, 2012

Hutchison Tries to Persuade EU Commission

The smallest Austrian telecommunication operator wants the EU Commission to approve the takeover of Orange.

October 8, 2012

Orange to Withdraw from Austria?

Insiders report that the third-largest telecommunication service supplier in Austria may leave. The merger with Hutchison is in a critical condition.

October 4, 2012

Viennese Investors to Sell UkrTelekom

The Ukrainian investor Rinat Achmetow is said to acquire UkrTelekom.

October 3, 2012

Merger Hutchison 3G-Orange: EU Still Sceptical

EU Commissioner Joaqin Almunia expresses his concerns on the merger. “The number of operators would go down to three from four in Austria.” He says.

October 2, 2012

Telekom Austria Aims to Expand in Southeastern Europe

Despite the decreasing sales and earnings, Telekom Austria sees substantial growth opportunities in the SEE region. Regarding the earnings situation, Ametsreiter expects a trend reversal.

September 28, 2012

Telekom Austria: Acquisition of „Yesss!“ Uncertain

In an interview with „börseexpress“, Telekom Austria´s CFO Hans Tschuden explains that the takeover of Orange´s discount brand “Yesss!” must be re-considered.

September 27, 2012

Hutchison 3G: No Further Concessions

The Austrian subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based telecommunication group is not ready to make further concessions to the EU-Commission. For the takeover target Orange, this may cause substantial problems.

September 25, 2012

Slim Now Officially Core Shareholder of Telekom Austria

América Móvil Holds Directly and Indirectly 22.76% of Total Shares of Telekom Austria AG. The seller, the Austrian investor Ronny Pecik has no shares in Telekom Austria anymore.

September 25, 2012

Hutchison: Market Share of 30% until 2015

Hutchison Austria, the smallest telecommunication supplier in Austria, wants to become a hard competitor for the market leader Telekom Austria.

September 24, 2012

Telekom Austria: Drastic Dividend Cut

Telekom Austria Group Cuts its Dividend to € 0.05 for the Years 2012 and 2013. Last year, the dividend came at € 0.38.

September 24, 2012

Merger of Hutchison and Orange Still Uncertain

The takeover of Austrian telecommunication operator Orange by the Hong Kong based Hutchison faces legal problems.

September 21, 2012

EU Against Orange-Takeover

The Commission of the European Union does not allow Hutchison Austria to take over its competitor Orange for the time being.

September 13, 2012

Good Prospects for Orange-Takeover

The Austrian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hutchison will be allowed to acquire its competitor Orange, insiders say. The requirements are already fulfilled.

September 11, 2012

Czech Republic: No VAT Increase

The governing coalition failed in seeking approval by the parliament. In order to lower the budget deficit, the government intended to lift the VAT rates.

September 7, 2012

Telekom Austria Considers Partnership With Dutch KPN

At the beginning of December, Telekom Austria´s CEO Hannes Ametsreiter will present a common strategy with Dutch KPN. In meantime, synergies should be found.

August 29, 2012

Ametsreiter Calls for Activity

On the occasion of the Alpbach Forum 2012, Telekom Austria´s CEO Hannes Ametsreiter underlined the necessity of implementing reforms in Austria.

August 29, 2012

Slim to Enter Polish Telecom Firms

The Mexican investor, who recently acquired a 25.9% in Telekom Austria, wants to expand in Poland.

August 25, 2012

Telekom Austria Under Pressure

In Austria, the competitive pressure is growing. America Movil wants Telekom Austria to grow in the CESEE region.

August 17, 2012

Telekom: Growing Profit, Falling Revenues

Today, Telekom Austria Group announced its results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012. Revenues and earnings were down, net income rose by 70.5%.

August 16, 2012