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9th September 2003
Europe : 3 - the first pure mobile multimedia provider in Austria - revealed its customer figures within the framework of the interim results of its corporate group (HWL) in order to counter rumors and speculation reported in the media. In the last 15 weeks - specifically in the time period from the launch date (the 5th of May) until today - the only video telephony provider in Austria has won 10,000 customers.
Bert Thoma ( INSET ), CEO of 3 Austria, is proud of this first step on the path to mobile multimedia in Austria:
"First of all I would like to express my thanks to the approximately 10,000 customers that have given their trust to a previously unknown provider with a completely new technology.
I am very satisfied with these results. It shows that our summer promotion, which has now been running for a full two months, has been completely effective despite the summer holidays and this year's unusually hot weather. Initially our customers could not believe the revolutionary low price of our offer, since our tariff rates started at 0.4 cents in all networks in Austria around the clock. Now 3 is making its greatest impact in video telephony. This fact is being confirmed by the customer figures both nationally as well as internationally."
World-wide over 520,000 are video telephoning with 3
The international customer base is also quite impressive. The mother company, Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., has today released the combined results of its operating results from its most populous countries; from which the approximately 520,000 customers are distributed as follows: 3 Australia -50,000; 3 Italy-300,000; and 3 UK-155,000.
Bert Thoma continues:
"The international customer base gives 3 strength as the market-leading mobile video and multimedia provider. The latecomers to the market will find it difficult to catch up with the lead that we have achieved so far in offering video communication, information and entertainment."
"In every country where 3 is operative we have stirred up the market with our aggressive tariff model. We offer our customers more than just a very good price/performance ratio, we also support them with our modern network and efficient technology. This was just the beginning. In the fourth quarter there will be additional news. We will certainly add additional models to our assortment of devices. By the end of the year we will expand our network by 35%. Therefore, in addition to the Vienna metropolitan area, Linz, Graz, St. Pölten, Eisenstadt, and Innsbruck; where we currently offer 3G services (coverage 30%); our mobile multimedia-services will also be available in Klagenfurt, Wels, Dornbirn, Bregenz and Lustenau - the entire Rhine Valley."
"These numbers underscore the success of 3. Many thousands of users have been impressed with the possibility of video telephony, the numerous video clips that one can see at any time they want, and the many other offerings from 3. The strong customer growth demonstrates the successful mix of a large offering of service and products, attractive handsets, and unmatchable prices."
"The Hutchison Whampoa Group is proud to be at the forefront of the international acceptance of this revolutionary technology. The customer base is a confirmation of our bold entry into the new world of communications and mobile multimedia entertainment. Every path begins with a first step and this was a giant first step on the path to a fascinating future."
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