Vip mobile has signed a strategic partnership deal with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences (FOS) in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.
As part of the cooperation, Vip managers will transmit their know-how and experience of telecommunications experts to students through several systematically developed programmes, namely lectures at FOS, student internships at Vip and student research and graduate works based on knowledge gained at Vip.
Students will be given the possibility to learn about the telecom industry and operations of Vip mobile as a member of Telekom Austria Group in Serbia, while Vip will be able to recruit highly qualified young experts for jobs at the company.
All customers need is to sign up for this service by sending an SMS with the text ‘Start’ to the 40404 short code. With this service, they can post tweets, follow accounts, receive tweets from accounts they follow, or directly send messages to chosen accounts.
Mobitel has introduced new roaming add-ons for communicating in EU countries or Balkan countries. End-users will get 60 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls to both mobile as well as fixed networks in EU countries with the add-on ‘Ura pogovorov EU’ and 100 SMS with ’100 sporocil EU.’
When roaming in a number of Balkan countries, users will have the option to select similar offers for voice or SMS communication, namely ‘Ura pogovorov Balkan’ or ’100 sporocil Balkan.’ This package is available for communicating in the mobile networks of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.
Serbian mobile operator Vip mobile launched a promotion whereby it offers double the monthly credit (so-called ‘smarts’) of the tariff plans Smart 550, Smart 1100 and Smart 2200 forever to all new customers who subscribe by 31 May. For instance, customers who choose Smart 550, get 1,100 smarts each month instead of 550, which they can use for calls, messages and data traffic, for a standard monthly fee of RSD 1,490 (Vat inclusive).
Available ‘smarts’ can be used depending on customers’ needs, on any combination of minutes, messages and data traffic, or just on minutes and data traffic, or even only on minutes.
Customers can also choose one of a number of smartphones, including Nexus S, which are available with the aforementioned offer. The activation fee for Nexus S starts from RSD 32,990 along with the tariff Smart 2200.
Subscribers can choose three numbers to which calls will be charged US$0.04, regardless of duration, while sending messages to these numbers costs US$0.04. Users initially receive credit of 200 minutes and 200 SMS, valid for 30 days.
Telekom Srbija’s mobile division has partnered with local football clubs FC Red Star and FC Partizan to roll out ‘Zvezda prepaid’ and ‘Partizan prepaid’ co-branded prepaid offers. By purchasing one of these bundles, customers will be able to make calls via their mobile phones at more flattering rates as well as aid their favorite club.
The bundle users will initially be granted with some benefits, such as a certain amount of top-up and a bonus for SMS and minutes. They will initially be granted with US$2.74 worth of top-up, 200-minute bonus and 200 text messages which are valid 30 days from the card activation. They can select three numbers towards which their calls will be charged 0.04 per call regardless of the call’s duration.
At the same time, sending SMS to one of three selected numbers costs US$0.01 per unit. These bundles are also characterized by more favorable call and SMS rates towards numbers other than the three selected ones. Added to that, customers are given an opportunity to aid the clubs they support by purchasing these prepaid bundles.
On card activation, i.e. after the first call has been made, the club is credited with US$0.68, while each new top-up brings it US$0.01. Users of these tariffs will also be given additional benefits by the clubs.
With this offer, end-users will get calls at no extra cost towards two numbers regardless of whether credit is spent, a fixed monthly bill, and the option to transfer unused credit to the following three months.
With this, end-users can activate the ‘Telenor Klik’ add-on six times at no extra cost, providing them with up to six months of unlimited internet traffic on their mobile phone. With a 24-month contractual obligation, each new user of the ‘Transfer and top up’ package can buy phones from Telenor’s portfolio at favourable prices.
‘Transfer and top up’ is available in three variants priced at US$6.73,$12.22 and $20.46 per month (VAT included).
Users will get data download of 250 MB with Mini, 1GB with Start, 3GB with Klasik and 7GB with Max. Over-the-limit traffic is reduced to an inferior speed to the standard one.
With a six-month contract, Start, Klasik or Max customers also get 300 on-net minutes or 300 SMS to any network in Montenegro or Serbia for the first three months.
Telekom Austria Group has submitted a conditional bid in the region of US$1.13-1.35 billion for the Serbian government’s planned sale of a 51% stake in the country’s incumbent operator, Telekom Srbija. The government however has set an unconditional minimum price of US$1.99 billion for a 51% stake.
If reports are to be believed, Telekom Austria is the only bidder for the stake in the company.
Telekom Austria Group added that the offer is, amongst others, also conditional to merger control clearance in Serbia resulting in a market consolidation. In addition, this offer is subject to negotiations with the government about certain value creating conditions that will result in an expected enterprise value/adjusted EBITDA 2011 multiple of approximately 4.8x.
Additionally, the Telekom Austria Group committed to capital expenditures of US$639.76 million within a three year horizon. These investments are part of the business plan which forms the basis of the above mentioned valuation.