28 February 2018
| James Pearce
A1 Telekom Austria has named Alexander Kuchar as its new group director of technology and future services.
Kuchar was previously director of group procurement at the
Austrian telecoms operator, a role he took up in 2011, having
previously served as CTO of A1-owned Mobiltel.
In his new role, he will be responsible for the group-wide
technology strategy as well as overseeing future services. He
started the role on 1 February 2018 and is tasked with the
introduction of new cloud and over-the-top services, as well as
modernisation of A1 Telekom Austria’s
Kuchar joined the company in 2000. He also held numerous
positions with Mobilkom Austria including director of mobile
service network and head of service architecture.
His appointment comes at a time when the Austrian telco is
undergoing a major transformation project which will, in its
own words, see it "evolve from a telco to an IT company".
Alejandro Plater, CEO A1 Telekom Austria Group: "The
telecommunications industry is also changing rapidly. We are
evolving from a telco to an IT company. This implies that we
also digitalise ourselves, and use new business models and
growth potential outside our footprint. The backbone of all our
activities is our high-performance converged network, which we
are continually modernising and expanding."
This includes convergence of fixed-line and mobile networks,
which Kuchar will play a role in as part of his new position,
in order to offer a hybrid internet product. Data centres was
another factor highlighted by the firm, which is currently
building a high-tech facility in Vienna.
The 13,000 square meter (139,930 sq ft) Austrian facility is
expected to be operational in 2018, with four server rooms
totaling 2,550 sq m (27,447 sq ft). IBM and A1 Telekom have
partnered since 2010 on managed services and cloud computing in
"Digital transformation remains one of the A1 Telekom
Austria Group's top priorities," it said in a statement. This
also includes the virtualisation of its network infrastructure.
The first virtualised network systems have already been
transformed into IT environments and gone into commercial
operation at the Austrian, Bulgarian and Belarusian
subsidiaries A1, Mobiltel and velcom.
A1 Telekom Austria,