QSC to supply ADSL2+ infrastructure for the new unbundled DSL offerings from Tiscali
Cologne/Munich, October 11, 2006. QSC AG will be supplying infrastructure for the unbundled, integrated voice-data-offerings from Munich-based Tiscali GmbH. This will enable Tiscali to offer DSL connections with speeds of from 2 Mbit/s to 16 Mbit/s on the basis of ADSL2+ technology, as well as an integrated Voice over IP telephone connection. Tiscali customers will then no longer need a conventional wireline telephone connection. The "Tiscali Surf & Talk" product family, which is based upon QSC infrastructure, will be available in 123 cities.
With Tiscali, QSC has won a further wholesale partner, after debitel, HanseNet, TeleSon and freenet, who will market innovative consumer products that are based upon QSC's nationwide infrastructure. ADSL2+ enables the latest films, for example, as well as documents, programming, computer files and music, to be downloaded at turbofast speeds.
"The key factor in our decision to choose QSC as our ADSL2+ supplier, in addition to the outstanding quality of the QSC network, was the advanced level of automation of the ordering and handling processes," explains Tiscali CEO Carl Mühlner.
The Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Bernd Puschendorf at QSC views the contract as further confirmation of QSC's wholesale strategy: "We are extremely pleased about this further partnership, which once again confirms our competencies in this field." In its wholesale business, QSC is focusing on demand-driven expansion of its DSL network with ADSL2+ technology, on providing custom-tailored upstream products and on handling highly scalable processes.
Cologne-based QSC AG (QSC) is a nationwide telecommunication provider with its own DSL network, offering businesses and premium residential customers a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality broadband communication options. QSC implements complete enterprise networks (VPNs), operates voice and data services and provides leased lines in a wide variety of bandwidths for business customers. Residential customers benefit from high-quality DSL connections, complete with VoIP applications. In addition, QSC utilizes its own network as the basis for providing high-level upstream products to carriers, Internet service providers (ISPs) as well as strong consumer marketing partners. Following the acquisition of a majority interest in Broadnet AG, QSC has additionally enjoyed access to a microwave network in 42 regions of Germany. QSC operates on a nearly nationwide scale, together with Broadnet AG connects over 140 German cities over its own broadband network and currently employs a workforce of some 650 people. In fiscal 2005, the company generated revenues of € 194.4 million, and following the acquisition of a majority stake in Broadnet AG is forecasting consolidated annual revenues of over € 265 million for 2006. QSC is listed on the TecDAX.
Tiscali GmbH is a hundred percent subsidiary of Tiscali S.p.A., Cagliari/Italy, one of the biggest ISP in Europe. Tiscali applies to private and business customers on the German market. The big range of articles enfolds cheap tariffs for the access to the Internet via modem/ISDN, DSL and satellite as well as preselect- and call-by-call-offers for national and international telephone calls. As of 31 March 2006, Tiscali had 4.5 million active users in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the Czech Republic. Over 2 million were ADSL customers, of which more than 500.000 received unbundled services. Information can be found at www.tiscali.de.
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