A1 Telekom Austria and Concardis start payment solution for the Austrian market

The Austrian telecom market leader A1 and the full-service payment provider Concardis are now offering commercial customers comprehensive IT and payment services from a single source. “A1 Payment” comprises payment terminals, wide-ranging service packages such as NFC and a mobile wallet, debit and credit card acceptance as well as transaction processing for companies. SIM cards and data packages for mobile terminals are included. This new service saves A1 customers unnecessary workflows and administrative expenses.

Martin Resel, A1 CCO Enterprise, commented on the new partnership with Concardis: ‘Both the IT and telecoms industry and the payment sector are now driven by new digital technologies. So it was a logical step for us to generate synergies, expand our product range and offer our clients even more services. In Concardis we are delighted to have found an experienced partner to do so.’

Robert Hoffmann, CEO of Concardis Payment Group, adds: ‘With A1 we have gained a strong partner for continued growth in the Austrian market. Thanks to this partnership, our clients will now get all telecommunications and payment services from a single provider – with excellent, personalised local support.’

The A1 service team is in charge of all the installation and maintenance of the payment terminals and is with the customer within four hours – seven days a week, 24 hours a day, throughout Austria.

In addition to “A1 Payment”, the partnership between A1 and Concardis also covers the development of other sector-specific offerings and e-commerce solutions, as well as the international expansion of their services.

A1 – Internet, telephony, TV and IT solutions from a single source
A1 is Austria’s leading communications provider, with more than 5.3 million mobile phone customers and more than 2.1 million landline connections. Customers benefit from a comprehensive full-service offering from a single source, consisting of voice telephony, Internet access, digital cable TV, data and IT solutions, wholesale services and mobile business and payment solutions. Its brands A1, bob, Red Bull MOBILE and Yesss! stand for first-class quality and smart services. As a responsible company, A1 integrates socially relevant and environmental considerations into its core business.

A1 (legal entity: A1 Telekom Austria AG) is part of the A1 Telekom Austria Group – a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in the CEE region, with more than 24 million customers in seven countries. Telekom Austria Group (ATX:TKA), which offers communications solutions, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, generated revenue of nearly €4.4 billion in the 2017 financial year, of which A1 contributed more than €2.6 billion. Some 19,000 employees and a state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure enable digital lifestyles and let customers, companies and devices connect anywhere at any time. As the European unit of América Móvil, one of the world’s largest mobile phone providers, the Group is headquartered in Vienna and offers access to global solutions.

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ec4u becomes member of the TM Forum

On June 20th, 2018, ec4u expert consulting ag, one of the leading consulting companies for customer journey management in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, joined the TM Forum. Especially telecommunications customers will be able to benefit from this membership, as ec4u will be able to deal even further with current and global issues in a rapidly changing industry.

The TM Forum is a global industry association of telecommunications- and IT service providers and their suppliers. The association aims to promote cooperation among its members and to inspire the joint development of solutions to current challenges of the digital transformation. As a non-profit organization, TM Forum represents over 850 member companies that together generate a revenue of two trillion US-Dollars and serve up to five billion customers in 180 countries. 

For more information visit www.tmforum.org.

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HUBER+SUHNER to bring all-in-one data center management solution equipped for the future to ANGA COM 2018

–  HUBER+SUHNER, leading manufacturer of components and systems for optical and electrical connectivity, will showcase its complete systems solution to combat data rates, bandwidth demands and time-to-market needs for data center environments at ANGA COM 2018 in Cologne, June 12-14. 

Overcoming the bandwidth challenges as we head towards 5G, the IANOS® system can seamlessly combine data rates from 1G to 400G to provide the most future-proofed and flexible fiber management system on the market. With best-in-class density and speed of installation, IANOS® has a pay-as-you-grow scalability, ensuring minimal time-to-market for constantly changing network infrastructure. 

“The IANOS® system family is revolutionary in the fact that it is a complete system solution for data centers,” said Eduardo Lopes, Head of Product Management FMS, at HUBER+SUHNER. “With improved handling by reducing cord disruption, offering flexibility of a single or twin module, and facilitating fast and seamless patching, the IANOS® system family, thanks to its compact design and broad range of applications, equips data centers with the maximum degree of agility for the future.” 

A holistic solution for fiber optic applications

This year, the company will also provide its customers with a holistic solution for fiber optic applications in the home, in broader infrastructure and in city space. With this in mind, HUBER+SUHNER will be exhibiting a range of complimentary and compatible products including the Optibox 4, 6 and 12 and its latest version of LISA side access fiber tray and patch tray solution. 

The Optibox range of wall enclosures acts as an interface between optical access network of the service provider and the internal “in-the-home” network. The Optibox 4, 6, and 12 are versatile enclosure products and can address a large variety of deployments from multi-dwelling units to single-story family homes. 

Daniel Berz, Product Manager FTTx, added: “HUBER+SUHNER is proud to offer leading fiber management systems for data centers and for fiber to the home (FTTH) network infrastructure. Our range of fiber optic solutions can be utilised for both private and industrial applications and installed with ease, for complete connectivity.”

Meeting the highest standards by excellence in design

The brand new state-of-the-art LISA side access Patch Tray solution which incorporates a new colour labelling concept will be on show to exhibitors, enabling cable systems to be patched easily thanks to a sliding and pivoting design.  Another new addition to the LISA family, the LISA side access E-2000 Duplex fiber tray with duplex configuration will also be on display. 

The full E-2000 portfolio, the high-performance connector which meets the highest standards by excellence in design and manufacturing processes, is another addition to the portfolio on show at ANGA COM, and includes the entire connector family, along with the E-2000 adapters which offer the highest mechanical stability of its kind and precise dimensions to enable the best possible guiding of the connector, resulting in the highest performance possible. 

“ANGA COM is the one of the biggest fairs for broadband operators and content providers in Europe, so for us, it’s one of the most important exhibitions in the communication market. We are excited to be here and to showcase our ground-breaking and flexible solutions for this growing and competitive market. Our message for the show stays true to our mission Today. Tomorrow. Connect.” Lopes concluded. 

Other innovative technologies at the show include the Medusa CPR, Optical Switching (Polatis),  the GPS over Fiber Box, the Quick Lock Outdoor Connector (QODC) and the Optical Telecommunications Outlets (OTO).  

Visitors can find HUBER+SUHNER in Hall 7, booth H31, at ANGA COM 2018 held at the Kolenmesse, Cologne, June 12-14. 

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