According to reports, the contract runs until 2016 and includes LTE deployment in Vienna and state capitals. In October 2010 T-Mobile Austria’s LTE network went live in the city of Innsbruck, and it revealed plans to expand 4G coverage to all state capitals, investing up to US$692.3 million until 2014.
By the end of 2013 a quarter of Austria’s population should be covered by the LTE network, whilst T-Mobile’s GSM/EDGE network will receive upgrades resulting in an energy usage reduction of up to 40%.
France Telecom SA’s Polish unit TPSA (Telekomunikacja Polska SA) has been ordered to shell out US$510.44 million to DPTG (Danish Polish Telecommunications Group) by arbitration court in Vienna. France Telecom owns 49.79% in TPSA.
This verdict covers a preliminary period from February 1994 to June 2004, and the second phase of the proceedings will examine the period from July 2004 to January 2009, if the parties negotiate a settlement.
According to France Telecom, TPSA is probing its options regarding taking further legal action to counter this decision. TPSA will announce as soon as possible any further steps to be taken on the issue, in particular regarding the execution of the decision. The company has already made the appropriate provisions relative to these proceedings for which the decision was expected although the calendar remained uncertain.
The possible monetary impact is excluded from France Telecom’s cash flow guidance for 2010, alongside all other outstanding items. France Telecom reaffirmed its commitment to payout a dividend of US$1.80 a share for 3 consequent years.
When drugs are launched into the market the research on their effects is made public. With mobile telephony on the other hand, new technology is being distributed when its effects are still not known,” warned Erik Huber, a doctor specialising in environmental issues, on the Austrian doctors’ association website.
He said Friday children should be specially protected against radiation emitted by mobile telephones.
“Our children should not be used as guinea pigs,” warned Huber, adding that “mobile telephones are about as dangerous for children as sunbathing”.
The group advised that phones should be used as infrequently and as briefly as possible, and not in cars as this increased radiation levels.
Its recommendations, which also include avoiding playing games on mobile phones, have been taken up by Austria’s health ministry.