In a brief press statement, the Sweden-based telecoms group Tele2 has confirmed that it plans to re-enter the Austrian mobile sector in the second half of 2015. The firm, which unveiled its new pay-TV product in Austria last week, views the re-introduction of mobile services as the final piece of its full-service jigsaw. While details remain scarce, it seems likely that Tele2 is planning to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) over the network of Drei Austria. As part of its January 2013 takeover of Orange Austria, Drei parent Hutchison undertook to provide, on agreed terms, wholesale access to its network for up to 30% of its capacity to up to 16 MVNOs over the course of the next ten years.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, back in 2007 Tele2 sold its initial MVNO business to Mobilkom (now A1 Telekom Austria) for EUR7 million (USD8.7 million) on a cash and debt free basis.